Remember what I said about spoilers?
Yeah, one of the two main characters (the white male in the story, Callum) gets hanged at the end.
The ending reminded me of another penguin book that I read not too long ago, that follows this utopian dystopia (Which also contains alot of hanging).
It was also recently remade into a live TV show.
Long story short, the handmaid’s tale is based on Margaret Atwood bestseller about a first person perspective of a woman, who has been enslaved by a Christian Reconstructionist group known as the “sons of jacob” who strip women of their rights to extreme measures.For example:
women are forbidden to read, and anyone caught in homosexual acts would be hanged for “gender treachery”.
It runs on a simular track as Blackman’s Noughts and crosses, with the whole ‘gender/race treachery’ thing, so I decided to do some sketches based off the imagery of the handmaid’s tale.
I do like the aspect of characters being stripped of their identity through the clothes that they wear of what they are (ethnic, gender wise), which seems to be a recurring theme in both books (aside from the hanging).
I might try something images making wise with the ‘hanging’ aspect, but;
1. It’s hanging. I dont think people will pick up a book cover with somone about the hang themselves (unless you’re edggy)
2. It’s a spoiler.
Maybe something more reminiscent to slavery, but we will see, these are just opening thoughts.