Talk:The Handmaid's Tale

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I read this too long ago to remember if

set in the near future in which an authoritarian theocratic government, oppressing women under a Biblical fundamentalist ideology

is a good description. Are there any definite references to fundamentalist ideology in the book itself? --Ed Poor Talk 14:58, 16 April 2008 (EDT)

Its totalitarian elements make it seem more like the old USSR or even red China. Was the author insinuating that the Judeo-Christian ethic could lead away from freedom in modern times, just as the atheistic Marxist ideology did in the 20th century? --Ed Poor Talk 11:28, 31 May 2008 (EDT)
Actually, the book makes it clear that the rulers are not Christian - they're a bunch of marketing guys who seized power and use the forms of Christianity as a cover. Canuck 08:18, 8 November 2008 (EST)
The book also makes it clear that they were in cahoots with radical feminists. DavidE 13:14, 8 March 2012 (EST)