While reading The Handmaid’s Tale it was very clear the Offred was existing in a dystopian world, as this is one of my favorite types of writing it immediately stood out to me. As a sociology major I find interaction between individuals very interesting and I found the aspect of isolation in this story very intriguing. Although there may be characters in other stories who are more isolated, such as Robinson Crusoe, I find the isolation while still surrounded by many individuals worth exploring further. Similarly to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Hunger Games also takes place in a dystopian culture and the leaders of this world utilize isolation as a means of control. In The Handmaid’s Tale it is by placing women in very specific roles that are pitted against each other and not allowing the individuals to speak freely, and similarly in The Hunger Games the different Districts are pitted against each other and therefore not able to unite for their common purpose of freedom. Additionally, the lack of access to reliable and accurate information about the world at large. Through depriving the public of a true feeling of community the governments were able to keep their population in line and keep them from having a revolt at large. Things I would like to explore are:
1) Will The Hunger Games really work in a effective way to illuminate the isolation and deprivation of the women in The Handmaid’s Tale?
2) Was there more than isolation contributing to the control over the public in The Handmaid’s Tale? If so, what else contributed to this lack of motivation to change their environment?
3) Do other dystopian tales exhibit similar isolation tactics? If not, what other environments produce similar issues?