Handmaids Tale

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jchapman2595
In a flashback, Offred's husband kills their cat before their escape attempt in order to prevent it from suffering (by leaving it indoors) or draw attention to their escape (by letting it out).
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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MKBrown
Yes and no - the topic of abortion is a main theme in the book. It is outlawed and this is brought up frequently. This probably isn't a good book to read if you're sensitive about the topic of abortion.
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Are there bugs?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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xswarea
In an attempt to escape the oppressive regime of Gilead, Offred (or June Osborne in the new series), and her husband crash their car against a tree. Fortunately, she and her family not significantly harmed but are slowed down in their flight.
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xswarea
A child born to Ofwarren dies soon after birth- assumedly of natural causes.
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MKBrown
The ending as a whole is unhappy and morbid for everyone at worst and at best is ambiguous and unhappy (only for the main character - we know everyone else still got a VERY unhappy ending)
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Elizabeth Norton
Season 1 episode 9 could be particularly triggering.
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MKBrown
Not in the book - people are hung or killed by a crowd beating them to death.
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MKBrown
In the book nobody falls to their death since this was already thought about and the windows of houses were made so they can't get out and die.
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MKBrown
If there is vomiting in the book it is so minimal I can't remember it and it isn't very graphic (if it is there at all)
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MKBrown
Children are sacred (at least in the book) and there is no child abuse shown
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MKBrown
In the book electro-therapy is neither mentioned nor used
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xswarea
See category Does a car crash? for more details.
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MKBrown
People have sex without desiring to but they do have some level of choice since they could opt to be executed/sent away to do menial labor cleaning up radioactive sites or picking cotton, instead. It isn't a lot of choice but there is still a degree of choice there.
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MKBrown
There is a hanging described in the book in a pretty good level of detail - there is also description of bodies being hung off hooks on a wall.
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xswarea
In a way, the Red Center resembles a form of brain-washing camp where young women are trained into thinking in a way that is compatible with the new government. Occasionally, women are punished and mistreated with the goal of manipulating their thoughts.
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MKBrown
They make no mention of anybody showering in the book although they do describe bathing in a bathtub (not in a sexy way however)
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MKBrown
Cigarette addiction is described extensively in the book
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MKBrown
There is a long description of childbirth in the book and childbirth and children are the main focus of the society and the book as a whole.
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MKBrown
From what I recall there is no domestic violence in the book although there is violence at the hands of the government.
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MKBrown
They don't mention eye mutilation in the book or if they do they only mention it fairly briefly.
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MKBrown
Foot and hand mutilation is described as a punishment in the book in pretty great detail.
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xswarea
A major concept within the book and TV series is the role of the Handmaids to conceive a child for the Wife by the Commander. Offred herself describes the complex ritual by which the Commander attempts to impregnate her. She also has s*x with the Commander at an underground party full of scantily clad women wherein he leads her to a room and sleeps with her. Later on, she has an affair with Nick.
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