Margaret Atwood: “In the early 1980s, I was joking with a novel that explored a future where the United States was divided. Part of it had morphed into a theocratic dictatorship based on the puritanical principles and jurisprudence of 17th century New England. I set this novel in and around Harvard University, an institution which in the 1980s was renowned for its liberalism, but which had begun three centuries earlier primarily as a training school for the Puritan clergy. “
“In the fictional theocracy of Gilead, women had very few rights, as in 17th-century New England. The Bible has been carefully selected, with cherries being interpreted literally. Based on the reproductive agreements in Genesis, particularly those of Jacob’s family, the wives of high-ranking patriarchs could have female slaves, or “handmaids,” and those wives could tell their husbands to have children from the maids and then claim the children like them”.
“Although I finally completed this novel and called it The Handmaid’s Tale, I stopped writing it several times, because I considered it too far-fetched. fool me Theocratic dictatorships are not only found in the distant past: there are many today on the planet. What prevents the United States from becoming one of them? “