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  1. Introduction
  2. Christian theocracy
  3. Nadine Gordimer
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

Imagine living in a society setting where signs painted in red reads, ?this is a warning against women who fail to wear makeup and head scarves. Any woman who violates this is liable for punishment. God is the witness, and this is a warning.? In addition, the same society includes the killing and torture of women who fail to obey the sign (Wagner-Lawlor, 2003). A society whereby the political organization, women sexual identity and religious beliefs interlink in unison. All the links aim at controlling and justifying the freedom of women in the society, murder, torture and sexually victimize women who violate the laws (Spain, 2012). Imagine the society whereby a religious police accuses a woman because she is a witch and thereof behead to death. The thesis statement is an argument of whether people have educated themselves in relation to the political and social position of women towards an understanding of fiction. Both authors portray external knowledge where the duration they wrote the stories and the time they wrote the work of literature assist in gaining an understanding of fiction (Noor, 2002). It is essential for people to educate themselves on the social or/and political history of the time when the authors writes the stories, the time that the story took place, geography of the story and the author's biography. The disturbingly accurate way of viewing the societal status of women in parts of Middle East reflects on the practices, ideologies, cultural doctrines, legal and political status in the US (Wagner-Lawlor, 2003). Just as the world of Gilead, the recent world where the US has suspended the Christian theocracy, and its Constitution has resulted in the replacement of the democratic government.

[...] The triumphs include making abortion legal, the increase in the influence of women voters in the political world, and access of family planning methods for women (Spain, 2012). People have learnt from such strong achievements www.oboolo.com especially for women who lived in the dark during the time that Atwood and Nadine wrote their novels. Such achievements by women were limited in the Gilead women who hardly had chances to write, read or vote. It is essential that people learn from the picture the two novels paint regarding the consequences of nuclear war, environmental degradation and the declining birth rates. [...]


[...] www.oboolo.com "The Handmaid's Tale" by Atwood and "The Pickup" by Nadine Gordimer. Introduction Imagine living in a society setting where signs painted in red reads, ?this is a warning against women who fail to wear makeup and head scarves. Any woman who violates this is liable for punishment. God is the witness, and this is a warning.? In addition, the same society includes the killing and torture of women who fail to obey the sign (Wagner-Lawlor, 2003). A society whereby the political organization, women sexual identity and religious beliefs interlink in unison. [...]


[...] Academic Search Premier. Web Mar Spain, Andrea. "Event, Exceptionalism, And The Imperceptible: The Politics Of Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup." Modern Fiction Studies 58.4 (2012): 747-772. Academic Search Premier. Web Mar Wagner-Lawlor, Jennifer A. "From Irony To Affiliation In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale." Critique 45.1 (2003): 83-96. Academic Search Premier. Web Mar. 2013. [...]

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