The Underground Library Society: The Handmaid’s Tale


Here is one of my students’ posts on the Underground Library Society!

(from Goodreads) Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale set in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. In a desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. One of these women, Offred, is determined to survive the terrifying world she lives in, and find the daughter that was taken from her.

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One of my required readings in my Genres of Popular Fiction class was Ray Bradbury’s remarkable and powerful novel Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian novel in which all books are burned and outlawed.  For the following assignment I was asked to choose a novel that I would memorize for the Underground Library…

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12 thoughts on “The Underground Library Society: The Handmaid’s Tale

  1. Another wonderful post from a ULS member. Did you know that last week the awards for Little House on the Prairie have been removed because of the content that is demeaning or unjust… blah, blah. I could spit nails right now. How can I teach children about justice and kindness unless I read-aloud words like, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian” and stop to talk about it? This is just as bad as censorship. Frankly, I think it is limiting education.

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