The Handmaid’s Tale

A reading by Claire Danes

BY: Matt Elisofon

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale explores the intersection of gender and religious politics through the eyes of Offred, a sex object used purely for her ability to bare children in the largely sterile society of Gilead. As exemplified by Claire Danes’ superb reading, the only thing more frightening than Offred’s brutal existence is the chilling, mechanical resignation in which she recounts it.