I have chosen ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ written by Margaret Atwood as the passage that I shall annotate in this paper. The work by this Canadian author is in the genre of speculative fiction and set in the future. The background in which the story is set is an authoritarian Christian theocracy which has been a cause of conquering of the U.S government. The title of the story is an inspiration from similar titles like ‘The Parson’s Tale’, ‘The Canterbury Tales’ and so on. It is a wonderful piece of prose that traverses through the society in search of women who have been subjugated. The central theme of the story is such women who have been socially dominated and how they seek assistance (Chilton & Paul, 12-19). This tale has been recognized by one and all and gained much acclamation in the form of awards and prizes and was further amended for other entertainment forms.
The geographical setting of the story is in the Gilead Republic within the former American borders. The region is primarily a dictatorship form of military and discusses the gender discrimination that women are subject to in such societies. The mood of the story is that of terrorism and religious conservatism and the evolution of a traditional society in the modern age where women are denied basic rights of existence (Burgess & Anthony, 145-154). The future of these women is uncertain with the territory being ruled by a fundamentalist theocracy. Apart from this, the individuals of the society are discriminated by occupation, caste and other forms and accordingly served in the society. The author portrays the Canadian society which is constantly declining and every person in that society who wants to be free of this type of a society. The Gileadan society is symbolised as a regime of repression and mistreat and in all a depressive mood.