The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. It explores the themes of women in subjugation in a patriarchal society, and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individualism and independence.
The book depicts the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead—a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. It follows her journey as she struggles to survive in a time where women posses few rights, are not allowed to read and write, are used as breeding vessels for the elitists.
Atwood's novel offers a satirical view of various social, political, and religious trends of the 1980s in United States. It's critical success has led to making the novel a part of the academia to study feminism, and adapted in numerous films, screenplays, and television series. In 2017, Hulu produced a television series based on the novel, starring Elisabeth Moss as Offred.