Gender Roles and Misogyny in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
Keywords:postmodern feminist, feminism, gender roles, misogyny, feministic vision
Among the postmodern feminist writers, Margaret Atwood is an internationally prolific, acclaimed, highly talented woman writer. Her feministic ideology brought her fame and critical acclaim. It is unique in that the writer did not intend to project herself as a feminist and even hated her works being labelled feministic. She saw the suffering of women and portrayed it in her works with genuine concern. The present paper argues that Margaret Atwood's feministic vision is somewhat anti-men. However, it is instead a critique of gender roles and misogyny, reinforcing and perpetuating women's subservience against their will.