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Why is reading forbidden in Gilead?

Reading and writing is forbidden for women in The Handmaid's Tale, because they do not possess power. The power lies with the men in Gilead. Men are allowed to read and write in order to fulfill their duties in this dystopian world. They also need to read the bible in order to interpret it correctly.

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Also question is, why is literacy a threat to Gilead?

- Literacy is a threat in Gilead because if women are allowed to read, or be at all intellectual, then "they" loose control over their thoughts. -Literacy encourages education and thought. education could lead to learning about any other life than their own.

Also, why are aunts allowed to read and write? Aunts are allowed to read and write because their job deems them to carry out a number of tasks including administrative duties.

Hereof, what is banned in Gilead?

In Gilead, Handmaids are forbidden to read or write and the men in charge control access to literacy.

Is music allowed in Gilead?

Most music is forbidden in Gilead, and there is little of it in the Commander's home. Sometimes she hears Serena humming and listening to a recording of herself from the time when she was a famous gospel singer.

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