How does The Handmaid's Tale transform the notion of "utopia"?

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One could argue that the Republic of Gilead, the setting of The Handmaid's Tale , is indeed a utopia of sorts. But that all depends on whom you ask. It's certainly not a utopia for the women who live there. This repressive, theocratic society exists solely for the benefit of the men who run it. In that sense, Gilead is a utopia for those men who want to treat women like chattel, as...

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