Set in a Fascistic future America, The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of Kate, a handmaid. In this America, the religious right has taken over and gone hog-wild. Kate is a criminal, guilty of the crime of trying to escape from the US, and is sentenced to become a Handmaid. The job of a Handmaid is to bear the children of the man to whom she is assigned. After ruthless group training by Aunt Lydia in the proper way to behave, Kate is assigned as Handmaid to the Commander. Kate is attracted to Nick, the Commander's chauffeur. At the same time, a resistance movement begins to challenge the regime. Written by
A haunting tale of sexuality in a country gone wrong.
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Several Christian hymns sung by the Handmaids were performed by The Meredith College Chorale. The lyrics were heavily altered to reflect the new regime's warped, fundamentalist theology. Some examples:
"Old Hundredth" "O God, from whom all blessings flow. Hear us, Your daughters, here below. Make us the vessels of the seed Of those who come to us in need.
Remove our anger, cleanse our will, And leave us empty to be filled. Make us worthy to be filled."
"Shall We Gather at the River?" "As we wander by the river. Cursed by sterility Thanks, we give now, to the Giver. Bless us with fertility. Bless us, bless us, bless us, Bless us with fertility." See more
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[to Aunt Lydia as she and Kate tie her up in the bathroom
If you're lucky they'll find you before Christmas. Remember I didn't kill you.
[taps Aunt Lydia's blindfold
I like your panties.
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Little Girl Blue
Written by Richard Rodgers
and Lorenz Hart
Published by Polygram International Publishing, Inc. See more