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Hand Maids Tail Essay

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Told as seen through the eyes if a mental patient, Chief Broom, Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is about a new patient, McMurphy, turning around the lives of, and giving strength to the mental institute's patients. Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is about society being taken over ans run by a government. The story is told as seen through the eyes of Offred, the main character in the novel. Dispite the differences seen on the surface of the stories, i.e. one takes place in a mental institute and one takes place out in the open in a controlled society, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Handmaid's Tale" are similar in many ways. Both take ...view middle of the document...

If I let the noise get out into the air it will be laughter, too loud, too much of it, someone is bound to hear, and then there will be hurrying footsteps and commands and who knows? Judgement: emotion inappropriate to the occasion...It would be fatal.Offred could not even laugh because it is not allowed. Chief and Offred find life to difficult under the eyes of society. Chief, the narrator of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", finds it hard to even talk about his experiences at the institute.It's gonna burn me just that way, finally telling about all this, about the hospital, and her and the guys about McMurphy. I had been silent so long now it's gonna roar out of me like floodwaters and you think the guy telling this is ranting and raving my God; you think this is too horrible to have really happened, this is too awful to be the truth! But please. It's still hard for me to have a clear mind thinking on it.Offred finds life difficult bacause she is not allowed to keep her real name, her credit cards have all been cancelled and a serial number has been tattooed on her ankle so they know who she is. She feels like she is not herself anymore and she has no choices.My name isn't Offred, I have another name, which nobody uses now because it's forbidden. I tell myself it doesn't matter, your name is like your telephone number, useful only to others; but what I tell myslef is wrong, it does matter.She also says, "That is how I feel: white, flat, thin-I feel transparent." Both societies show a negative attitude towards women. In "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", two shades of women are shown. A woman is shown as either an evil character, Big Nurse, or the woman is shown as a prostitute, Candy.She bringin' more than a bottle with her, though, ain't she, this sweet thing? You people be sharing more'n a bottle, wont you.Mr. Turkle, who doesn't only want the liquor the prostitutes are bringing but also wants to share the prostitutes themselves, shows the negative attitude of this society. Women...

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