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The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood that has been adapted into a film and more recently a TV series. Use this tag for both the original and its adaptations.

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How infertile are humans in The Handmaid's Tale?

With regards to The Handmaid's Tale, do the books or adaptations give us any clues as to just how infertile humanity has become? Relatedly, is there any sense as to whether the local or global ...
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What clues are given in the Handmaid's Tale towards Offred's real name?

I read the book four months ago, yet I do not remember if there was any clues regarding Offred's real name. However, the very first episode of The Handmaid's Tale series suggested that Understandably,...
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Where does The Handmaid's Tale take place? [duplicate]

Is which town or region does the Handsmaid's Tale take place?
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Is Testaments material used a lot in Handmaid's Tale?

I recently read the Handmaid's Tale. I roughly had an idea about how much of the book is used in the series and where the series end in terms of books. This answer also helped me in my decision. So I ...
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Are there lower class men in The Handmaid's Tale who are not law enforcement/military? [duplicate]

Are there men (who have not been exiled to the colonies) in Gilead who are not law enforcement or military (guardians/angels) and not part of the ruling elite (e.g. commanders)? If so are any of these ...
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Why does the Handmaid's Tale have rape instead of artificial insemination/turkey baster?

Besides the obvious storytelling reason that it's required to horrify the reader and drive tension, I've never been able to get my head around why Gilead requires handmaids to live with their couple ...
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Was all the source material used up in The Handmaid's Tale season 1?

It's been 25 years since I read it, but upon reviewing the plot summary for The Handmaid's Tale in Wikipedia: The Handmaid's Tale is structured into two parts, night and other various events. This ...
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Is there any connection between Gilead in Stephen King's The Dark Tower and in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale?

I have read the first four novels of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series where Roland Deschain comes from the kingdom of Gilead. Although I have not read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, I have ...
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In "Handmaid's Tale" there are Soul Scrolls that print prayers, but women are not allowed to read. Why?

In the book Handmaid's Tale there are machines that print out prayers on paper and then read the prayer out loud. I believe that this has something to do with the position of women in the Gilead. The ...
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How identifiable is The Wall in The Handmaid's Tale?

This is a somewhat peculiar question, and I recognize that it may end up being closed. However, it concerns something that has been puzzling me for some years about Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's ...
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What happens to handmaids who accomplish their purpose?

In The Handmaid's Tale, handmaids are fertile woman who are forced to live with commanders who have infertile wives. The handmaids' purpose is to receive their commander's seed and provide new ...
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How many different classifications of people are there in The Handmaid’s Tale?

In the TV series The Handmaid's Tale we see a dystopian future where people live in classes. I have heard of: Ant - A worker Eye - Spy/Secret Police Aunt - Keeper of the Handmaidens Commander - Boss ...
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