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An adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, composed by Poul Ruders with a Libretto by Paul Bentley, was premiered by the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 6 March 2000. It was conducted by Michael Schonwandt, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and designed by Peter McKintosh. The opera begins in the year 2195 with a professor lecturing about the fallen Republic of Gilead; he is in possession of an audio diary from a handmaid named Offred. The audio diary, recounted in a flashback, tells the Handmaid’s tale, assuming the central narrative of the opera. The character of Offred is portrayed by two women: one as Offred the handmaid and the other as The Double, who represents Offred’s pre-handmaid life.

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In 1990, five years after the book’s publication, a film adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale was released. The screenplay was written by renowned British playwright Harold Pinter and the film was directed by Academy Award-winning West German director Volker Schlondorff. Sigourney Weaver was originally cast as the lead, but had to drop out when she became pregnant. The British actor Natasha Richardson replaced her as “Kate” (the screenplay’s version of Offred). The film also featured Robert Duvall as The Commander and Faye Dunaway as Serena Joy.

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Since its publication, The Handmaid’s Tale has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold millions of copies internationally, and is frequently featured on high school and university curricula. It won the 1985 for English Language fiction and the 1987 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature, and was nominated for a number of other prominent awards, including the 1986 Booker Prize, the 1986 Nebula Award and the 1987 Prometheus Award.

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In April 2017, the first three episodes of a 10-part television series adapted from The Handmaid’s Tale aired in the US on the streaming service Hulu and in Canada on Bravo and Crave TV. Starring Elisabeth Moss as Offred, Alexis Bledel as Ofglen, Yvonne Strahovsky as Serena Joy and Joseph Fiennes as The Commander, the series was hailed as one of the most engrossing and timely television series of the year. Following the 2016 election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, many observers considered the 1985 novel more prescient than ever, and the series garnered a great deal attention and acclaim. The New York Times called it “unflinching, vital and scary as hell.”

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The Handmaid’s Tale was also produced as a ballet, with choreography by Lila York and music by James MacMillan. The original run by the (RWB), which had its world premiere in October 2013, was criticized for lacking seriousness. A revised version, intended to be darker and grittier and featuring a different score, was met with more favourable reviews when it was performed by the RWB at the in Ottawa in January 2015.

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However, response to the novel was not strictly positive. The late American critic and novelist Mary McCarthy dismissed The Handmaid’s Tale in the New York Times as an unimaginative polemic, arguing that the writing is “indistinguishable from what one supposes would be Margaret Atwood’s normal way of expressing herself in the circumstances. This is a serious defect, unpardonable maybe for the genre: a future that has no language invented for it lacks a personality.”

The Theme of Power through Language in "The Handmaid

In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, the narrator, Offred, regularly interrupts the narrative flow of the text to contemplate the meaning of certain words and phrases. Often she finds that the meanings of words have changed since the revolution in Gilead, the fictional society in the novel. In this lesson, students work in small groups to examine Atwood's use of these language musings, as well as neologisms and Biblical language, in an assigned chapter. Students then share their findings with the class. Through this activity, students can see the integral role that control of language and abuse of Biblical language play in the totalitarian government of Gilead and the specific ways that Offred challenges that control by the simple act of thinking and writing about language. This activity can be extended to include an analysis of power and language in our own world.

Although the activities and resources in this lesson refer directly to The Handmaid's Tale, the approach can be applied to a number of .