If you still have not been able to see The Maid's Tale, the dystopian novel that Margaret Atwood published in 1985, you are in luck because this next Tuesday, June 19, Antena 3 premieres the series at 10:40 p.m. A unique opportunity to enjoy a story that has caught many viewers, not only because of the intensity and drama of the story but because we have the impression that its author had a crystal ball when she wrote it and thirty years later we met so many similarities with today's world That we have had the creeps. Here we explain the points for which this future story is actually very present. Beware of spoilers.
1.- Birth rates continue to decline and the debate on the right of women to decide is still present
Margaret Atwood started writing The maid's tale at the beginning of the 80s. At that time the birth rates were more or less stable although low, but thirty years later they are lower than ever and the tendency is that it goes to more.
Those very low levels of birth and the increasingly frequent fertility problems we face in Western societies are two of the main themes of his novel.
But without a doubt, the focus of Atwood's novel is on the debate around the concept of motherhood in general. Among women who dream above all of being mothers against those who do not want to be mothers and the rights and difficulties surrounding each of the positions. A debate as old as the world and that surprisingly it is still up to date, a sign that much remains to be fought so that women do not have to give explanations about what they want to do with their lives.
And, of course, we cannot forget the continuous mentions in the book to the different attempts to stop birth control. Something that is again very fashionable, especially in the United States where there have been cases like this or this in an attempt to restrict access to contraceptives. Or the withdrawal of public funds for access to abortion by President Donald Trump.
2.- Governments use terrorist attacks to restrict more rights and freedom
A terrorist attack in which the President of America dies is the trigger for the events that happen in The maid's tale. We can not resist making a comparison between what the protagonist of the story and the present we are living, although this reality already began when the attacks of September 11 in the US occurred.
We talk about a society that lives on the media, seeking guidance, and willing to give up his freedom in exchange for greater security. And a unique message behind everything: the fundamentalists are to blame for what is happening, they are the enemy to beat and if it is necessary to give up certain rights in order to catch them, it will be worth it.
In The maid's tale, government use the anxiety of the population to temporarily suspend the constitution, for example.
3.- It is difficult to know what is true and what is not in the media
It is a question we ask ourselves frequently, perhaps now more than ever thanks to the easy is to manipulate through social networks and the internet, to the popularity of "reality" or to the advances in digital retouching. We find it hard to believe what we are seeing in the media and take the information with tweezers.
When Offred, the protagonist of The maid's tale, sits next to his adoptive family to watch the news can not help wondering if the scenes of the religious war he is watching are they true or not.
4.- We have damaged the environment to a level where there is no going back
The environment has a fundamental role in the novel, as well as fertility problems that are attributed to chemicals, toxins and excess radiation and that they are leading humanity to its own extinction. Perhaps it is something a bit exaggerated, after all we are facing a dystopian work, but it is true that we humans have damaged the planet in an irreparable way and that it will affect our life as we know it.
5.- The money is disappearing. Forever
In The maid's tale Money has been suppressed to end desires and whims, to take refuge in the most frugal and basic life. In our world, money is slowly disappearing in favor of plastic cards, electronic transactions, mobile payments, etc. It is clear that at the moment we are not talking about the same things, although there are many parallels, but where will its final disappearance lead us?
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