10 Talking Points From The Handmaid’s Tale Tv Series
– The Handmaid’s Tale Is an aptly Timely Feminist Horror Drama.
– “Just having my monthly woe!” Something about Samira Wiley’s delivery of this line is amusing to me, and I will be utilising this expression in my own particular life from now on.
– “You can wet the rim of a glass, and run your finger around the rim, and it will make a sound. This is what I feel like. I feel like the sound of glass. I feel like the word ‘shatter’.” Margaret Atwood is a true wordsmith, and a delight to read/listen to.
– Janine’s unfortunate relapse into some sort of virtuous childlike state was truly underscored this present week in the Red Center instruction scene, where she cries “We’re flowers! It’s nice!” Such a chilling complexity and contrast to how she began as this sceptical, world-fatigued smartmouth.
– Moira abandoning Offred at the station is appalling; since they’re isolated, in light of the fact that Offred appears to be really relieved and even almost pleased as she watches Moira escape. How many more scenes before we can all say Moira’s not dead!
– Offred appearing in the rain after weeks upon weeks of living in that dusty room, relishing each valuable second and saving every moment; it was such a subtly suggestive scene.
– Watching Offred modestly beat Waterford was exciting. Elisabeth Moss is so great at these little-hidden snapshots of control, as she portrays a meek demeanour so well. While revealing to him that she knows Serena is on the whole correct to rebuff her, though stating she doesn’t know how much more repression she can take. What she’s really doing here is threatening to kill herself in the event that they don’t let her out, however, it’s subtle to the point that she escapes his or her wrath.
– The ceremony room is apparently the Wife’s space, however, it’s presently evident that her presence and any power she is said to have is purely symbolic and if anything more patronising than it is empowering. Waterford enters without knocking before Serena has gone into the room, abusing each gathered run— and nothing can be done, he hardly seems to care. The weakness of Serena attempting to “help him,” just to be repelled, appears to affirm that married couples aren’t allowed to be sexual with each other outside of the ceremony.
– There were some interesting pieces about the more wider world here: When an Aunt escapes over the border and pitches her story to the Toronto Star, Waterford’s principle concern is harm damage control on a world stage. Gilead does not have any desire to be viewed as a fascist dictatorship, and endeavours are unmistakably being made to hide its ruthless realities—however, there’s as of now already is a UN ban (or embargo) set up, so it’s vague how well the propaganda exerted is working.
– What does “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum” mean?
(Of course, if you’ve watched the episode’s so far you already know)
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