How to Compare 'The Handmaids Tale' and 'The Road'?

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(The Handmaid's Tale - M. Atwood. The Road - C. McCarthy)

I was wondering if you could help me compare these two dystopian novels. I'm struggling on finding similarities and differences which I could then use to make a good essay question for my comparative essay (Eng LIT A2).

I'll take everything into to consideration! Thanks.
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is there anyone here that can help??
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I've moved your post here as you'll get a better response
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similarities in The Road and The Handmaid's Tale can be found in the themes of religion, parental love, loss of identity, etc.For example, both Atwood and McCarthy keep the real names of the man and the boy, and Offred a secret to the reader; signifying that who they are doesn't really matter... both works move the focus away from the individual, as the stories are for the benefit of a collective.Both Offred and the man get separated from their children, neither of which had a choice. Parental love is a strong bond in both of the books and arguably is what keeps the main protagonists (Offred and the man), going throughout the novel. Children are the only hope in this sense.You could also argue that the idea of a consumerist culture and the overarching rule of capitalism is evident in both texts; in the Road, the greed of man could be blamed for whatever extinction level event has occurred (overusing natural resources for example)- the coca cola bottle reemerging twice throughout the text is evident that even during what seems to be an apocalyptic scenario, the global capitalist symbol (coca cola) will still remain. Similarly in the Handmaid's tale, the richest people in society hold contraband items, such as the commander having access to the club he takes Offred to, to makeup and sexy outfits, Serena joy has access to the black market for her cigarettes etc. This same streak of corruption from the hypocritical higher class in Gilead's society was more than likely the reason for tighter controls over every aspect of society. Once again, the people in top corporate positions are able to bend the rules so that the exploitation of the lower classes remains.
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