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Essay | An Analysis of a Quote from The Handmaid's Tale

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An Analysis of a Quote from The Handmaid's Tale

Summary: Analyzes a quotation from Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale. "I would like to be without shame. I would like to be shameless. I would like to be ignorant. Then I would not know how ignorant I was." Explains its applications throughout the book and its greater universal meanings.
"I would like to be without shame. I would like to be shameless. I would like to be ignorant. Then I would not know how ignorant I was."

Webster's dictionary defines shames as "a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt... the capacity for such a feeling." It describes shameless as "feeling no shame; impervious to disgrace." Offred, unhappy and ashamed handmaid, feels unworthy of everything. Finding the society thrust upon her constant source of shame, she wishes freedom from it. Without shame, Offred can parade around in clothes of shining happiness. Shameless, she could parade around in nothingness--feeling no remorse. Simply a complex manifestation of current societal trends, The Handmaid's Tale uses Offred as the perfect model for today's woman. The essential difference between the absence of shame and shamelessness is simple: society throws shame, a person's natural...

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