Novels, Opinions

Rationalising (and Diminishing) in The Handmaid’s Tale

Rationalising refers to a mental process of attempting to explain something rationally, even if it doesn’t make sense. It’s very closely related to diminishing, the act of reducing the amount of good or damage something might have done in one’s mind. This is a key part of the thinking behind the Republic of Gilead and… Continue reading Rationalising (and Diminishing) in The Handmaid’s Tale


Infantilisation in The Handmaid’s Tale

Children are something of a national obsession in Gilead. Who has children, who hasn’t, who deserves children, who don’t, e.t.c. Everyone from the Commanders down wants a child. However, while the Commanders of the Faithful do their level best to force as many children out of as many Handmaids as possible, they also find it… Continue reading Infantilisation in The Handmaid’s Tale


Big Brother is Gaslighting You

(Author's note: This is a bit of a break from my usual posts but, after reading 1984 for the first time, I felt inspired to write this. I'm not used to writing this sort of thing so please be gentle) When someone is asked how Big Brother keeps control in 1984, they’re quick to point… Continue reading Big Brother is Gaslighting You