The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopic novel about a woman named Offred living in an ultra-conservative chauvinist theocracy in the former USA. Women are denied human rights in the new regime and Offred is a "handmaid" (a concubine) for Fred, "The Commander." After various illegal sexual liaisons, Offred becomes involved with the Mayday resistance, and is taken away in a secret police van that, she is told, is actually part of the resistance. The novel ends ambiguously and is revealed to be an account discovered years later by academics.
In the play The Maids, Solange and Claire, two sisters who work as housemaids, dream of killing their mistress, Madame. The pair regularly act out scenarios in which they kill Madame, with one of them playing the role of the mistress each time. The play explores what it means to be an outcast from society. Through their fantasies, the two maids are able to get a taste of power that they are otherwise unable to obtain.