Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
Did You Know?
The repressive theocratic regime that has taken over the US in this show (and its source novel) is called "The Republic of Gilead." Gilead is a place (or maybe several places) mentioned repeatedly in the Bible (first in Genesis 31:23), both as a geographic location and the source of a figurative or literal "balm" (curative or healing substance). Based on those constant Bible references, there is a well-known spiritual, "There Is a Balm in Gilead," that is in the hymnals of many Christian denominations, and in the book The Handmaid's Tale, Offred remembers the hymn and makes a joke to herself about it ("There is a bomb in Gilead"). See more
Version of The Handmaid's Tale