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Waterford who was killed in a purge shortly after Offred was taken away, charged with harbouring an enemy agent. Serena Joy[ edit ] Serena Joy is a former televangelist and the Commander's wife in the fundamentalist theonomy.
The state took away her power and public recognition, and tries to hide her past as a television figure. Offred identifies her master's wife by recalling seeing her on TV when she was a little girl early on Saturday mornings while waiting for the cartoons to air. Believed to be sterile although the suggestion is made that the Commander is sterile, Gileadean laws attribute sterility only to women , she is forced to accept that he has use of a handmaid.
She resents having to take part in the monthly fertility ritual.
She strikes a deal with Offred to arrange for her to have sex with Nick in order to become pregnant. According to Professor Pieixoto in the epilogue, "Serena Joy" or "Pam" are pseudonyms; the character's real name is implied to be Thelma. Ofglen[ edit ] Ofglen is a neighbour of Offred's and a fellow Handmaid. She is partnered with Offred to do the daily shopping.
Handmaids are never alone and are expected to police each other's behaviour.
Ofglen is a member of the Mayday resistance. In contrast to Offred, she is daring. She knocks out a Mayday spy who is to be tortured and killed in order to save him the pain of a violent death. Offred is told that when Ofglen vanishes, it is because she has committed suicide before the government can take her into custody due to her membership in the resistance, possibly to avoid giving away any information.
A new handmaid, also called Ofglen, takes Ofglen's place, and is assigned as Offred's shopping partner. She threatens Offred against any thought of resistance. She breaks protocol by telling her what happened to the first Ofglen. Nick[ edit ] Nick is the Commander's chauffeur, who lives above the garage. By Serena Joy's arrangement, he and Offred start a sexual relationship to increase her chance of getting pregnant.
If she were unable to bear the Commander a child, she would be declared sterile and shipped to the ecological wastelands of the Colonies. Offred begins to develop feelings for him. Nick is an ambiguous character, and Offred does not know if he is a party loyalist or part of the resistance, though he identifies himself as the latter.
The epilogue suggests that he really was part of the resistance, and aided Offred in escaping the Commander's house. Moira[ edit ] Moira has been a close friend of Offred's since college. A lesbian, she has resisted the homophobia of Gilead society. Moira is taken to be a Handmaid soon after Offred. She escapes by stealing an Aunt's pass and clothes, but Offred later finds her working as a prostitute in a party-run brothel.
She was caught and chose the brothel rather than to be sent to the Colonies. Luke[ edit ] Luke was Offred's husband before the formation of Gilead, having divorced his first wife to marry her.
Under Gilead, all divorces were retroactively nullified, resulting in Offred being considered an adulteress and their daughter illegitimate.
Offred was forced to become a Handmaid and her daughter was given to a loyalist family.
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Since their attempt to escape to Canada, Offred has heard nothing of Luke. In his presentation at an academic conference, he talks about "the 'Problems of Authentication in Reference to The Handmaid's Tale'". Setting[ edit ] The novel is set in an indeterminate future, speculated to be around the year ,  with a fundamentalist theonomy ruling the territory of what had been the United States but is now the Republic of Gilead.
Individuals are segregated by categories and dressed according to their social functions.
Complex dress codes play a key role in imposing social control within the new society and serve to distinguish people by sex, occupation, and caste. The action takes place in what once was the Harvard Square neighbourhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts ;   Atwood studied at Radcliffe College , located in this area.
Politics[ edit ] In Gilead, the bodies of fertile women are politicized and controlled. The North American population is falling as more men and women become infertile though in Gilead, legally, it is only women who can be the cause of infertility. Gilead's treatment of women is based upon a literal, fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible, meaning that women are the property of and subordinate to their husband, father, or head of household.
They are not allowed to do anything that would grant them any power independent of this system. They are not allowed to vote, hold a job, read, possess money, or own anything, among many other restrictions. Gilead is within you" HT 5. This describes that there is no way around the societal bounds of women in this new state of government.
Handmaids, being not allowed to wed, are given two-year assignments with a commander, and lose their own name: they are called "Of [their Commander's first name]", such as the novel's protagonist, known only as Offred. When a handmaid is reassigned, her name changes with her. Their original identities before the revolution are suppressed, although while being re-educated as handmaids, they surreptitiously share their names with each other.
In this book, the government appears to be strong though "no one in Gilead seems to be a true believer in its revolution" Beauchamp. The Commanders, portrayed via Commander Fred, do not agree with their own doctrines. The commander takes Offred at one point to a brothel in order to have sex with her in an informal setting apart from the Ceremony.
The wives, portrayed via Serena Joy, former television evangelist, disobey the rules set forth by their commander husbands. Serena smokes black market cigarettes and expresses the forbidden idea that men may be infertile, and schemes to get Offred impregnated by her chauffeur. Priests unwilling to convert are executed and hanged from the Wall.
Atwood pits Quaker Christians against the regime by having them help the oppressed, something she feels they would do in reality: "The Quakers have gone underground, and are running an escape route to Canada, as—I suspect—they would.
Offred observes that Jews refusing to convert are allowed to emigrate from Gilead to Israel, and most choose to leave. However, in the Epilogue, Professor Pieixoto reveals that many of the emigrating Jews ended up being dumped into the sea while on the ships ostensibly tasked with transporting them to Israel, due to privatization of the "repatriation program" and capitalists' effort to maximize profits. Offred mentions that many Jews who chose to stay were caught secretly practicing Judaism and executed.
Caste and class[ edit ] African Americans , the main non-white ethnic group in this society, are called the Children of Ham. A state TV broadcast mentions they have been relocated en masse to "National Homelands" in the Midwest, which are suggestive of the Apartheid-era homelands set up by South Africa.
It is implied that Native Americans living in territories under the rule of Gilead are exterminated. Sex and occupation[ edit ] The sexes are strictly divided. Gilead's society values reproduction by white women most highly. Women are categorised "hierarchically according to class status and reproductive capacity" as well as " metonymically colour-coded according to their function and their labour" Kauffman The Commander expresses his personal opinion that women may be considered inferior to men.
Women are segregated by clothing, as are men. With rare exception, men wear military or paramilitary uniforms.
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All classes of men and women are defined by the colours they wear as in Aldous Huxley 's dystopian Brave New World , drawing on colour symbolism and psychology. All lower-status individuals are regulated by this dress code. All "non-persons" are banished to the "Colonies". Sterile, unmarried women are considered to be non-persons. Both men and women sent there wear grey dresses. Legitimate women[ edit ] Wives The top social level permitted to women, achieved by marriage to higher-ranking officers.
Wives always wear blue dresses and cloaks, suggesting traditional depictions of the Virgin Mary in historic Christian art. When a Commander dies, his Wife becomes a Widow and must dress in black. If you read this book long ago, pick it up again. If you haven't yet read it, move it up to the top of your TBR. download it for friends. download for your sons and daughters.
Use it to teach and to learn what kind of world we could be if we stop valuing the diversity of all people. The fact that Atwood came up with this entire dystopian world for her novel back in and that it still resonates as so valid and disturbing are a testament to her genius and to how fundamental the issues Atwood addresses are to the human experience.
Depending on the very specific choices made in bringing the world of Gilead to life on screen, the TV adaptation could have been a colossal failure.
The TV adaptation brings the story up to date. Changes include having more diversity in the social makeup of Gilead, including having more characters that are of color and more that are openly gay.
Other subtler updates have Offred using or mentioning newer technologies like Uber and smartphones, so that the viewer is aware that the storyline occurs in a near future. I think these were hugely important changes to make to the narrative, both to further contextualize the narrative accurately in U.
Viewers are left feeling like the world of the TV series looks very much like a version of their own if within a few decades the same terrifying ideological shifts were to occur in rapid succession. The settings and costumes. I talked a little bit about world building in the TV series adaptation above, and settings and costumes are a huge part of that.
Though the costumes are authentic to the original novel and heavily hearken back to an almost pilgrim-like look, the costumers made sure to incorporate a few modern details in the designs that still made them feel current and relevant. Guaranteed that the top costume of Halloween this year will be the handmaid.
The expanded plot lines. The casting. This is done masterfully through countless close ups and scenes in which Offred sits alone to reflect or recuperate and in which the viewer becomes privy to her thoughts through an unsettling voice over. From terrified to desperate, from wily to enraged, from nearly bestial to supremely human, she embodies Offred in a way that is profoundly relatable for a character who finds herself in such extreme circumstances.
Final Verdict 5 Star Rating for both Genius begets genius. From an utterly original and shockingly immoral dystopian literary work comes an equally beautiful and terrifying TV adaptation that expertly refines and reinterprets this narrative for a modern audience. Canadian Author Margaret Atwood depicted dystopian society By Elen I bought this book as a present for one of my friends since I already read it and got to love it! Canadian Author Margaret Atwood depicted dystopian society in this novel, formed because of lack of fertility, where antifeminism has reached its peak.
Though the book is pretty dark, it makes the reader think a lot and is very fast to read. The communication between the shopping partners is usually revolving around praising Gilead and God.
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As the readers get involved the everyday lives of the Handmaids, Offred offers flashbacks to her previous life, from where we can find out how Gilead came to be, how she lost her husband and child, as well as who her friends and family were. Offred and her husband Luke, just like many other couples did not want to live in such a country, but were caught and separated as they were trying to cross the border to Canada, to assure the happy future.
Since then, Offred has not seen her husband and believes he is dead and was assigned as a Handmaid, because of her ability to have children.
She also loses her friend Moira in the process, since she escapes the center where they are taken to be taught how to become Handmaids, under the supervision of Aunt Lydia, and she also does not know what happens to her. Offred develops a relationship with the commander, and she visits him regularly to play Scrabble and read magazines in his office. This is not allowed since women are not supposed to read. She does not do that out of love, but because she is very lonely, and he offers her a temporary sense of more freedom.
Some time passes, and Offred does not become pregnant. So, Serena suggests to her that she has an intercourse with Nick, the gardener and chauffeur of the Commander, and after she conceives to tell the Commander that the child is his. So, Offred does what is asked of her and sleeps with Nick. But, the first time that is only an assignment of Serena is not the last time, and soon Offred and Nick begin sharing passion without anyone knowing. What happens next?
We will let you find out for yourself!This paper considers five of these factors: They do not last but Offred does not know what happens to them. Onu PhD Thus, he brings in the idea of what he calls negative and positive freedom, as two contrasting ways of looking at liberty as a philosophical subject: Education of the poor helps improve their food intake not only by raising their incomes and spending on food but also by inducing them to make better, healthier, choices.
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