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The Handmaid’S Tale
The Handmaid’S Tale
The Handmaid’S Tale
The Handmaid’S Tale
The Handmaid’S Tale
The Handmaid’S Tale
The Handmaid’S Tale
The Handmaid’S Tale
The Handmaid’S Tale
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The Handmaid’S Tale


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  • Hi,

    - Depends on what constitutes rape, I guess. Given the world she lives in and the weight of expectations upon her, she has no real choice, arguably. She is not in charge of her own sexuality.
    - I think it just means 'We know some of their names and not others.' I didn't write the presentation, though, so I'm just guessing.
    - She's very much a trophy wife, isn't she? The fact that he is no longer, or never was, particularly fond of her, does not change the reasons he had for marrying her.
    - Shredded babies - yep, you're right.
    - There is some hope at the end, certainly when compared with the rest of the novel.
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  • 1. The Handmaid’s Tale M. Wilson
  • 2. Characters:
    • Handmaids:
    • Offred, Offglen, Offwarren
    • All wear Red
    • All are ritually raped
    • All are denied knowledge
    • Some are rebellious
    • Some are collaborators
    • Some are named e.g. Janine
  • 3.
    • The Wives
    • All have high status
    • All wear Blue
    • All resent the Handmaids
    • All want children
    • All control their household
    • All support the Dictatorial regime of Gilead
    • Some are trophy wives like Serena Joy
  • 4.
    • Aunts and Martha
    • All have defined roles
    • All wear a uniform of brown or green
    • Aunts control the handmaids and indoctrinate them into obeying the rules
    • Marthas cook and clean and serve they do not have to be fertile and they do not breed. Usually older women
  • 5.
    • Commanders:
    • All wear black
    • All are in total control
    • All represent patriarchy including biblical roles
    • Some are sterile
    • Some rebel e.g. Scrabble, Jezebel’s
    • Some want more than just sex with the handmaids
  • 6.
    • Guardians, Angels, Doctors and Eyes
    • Men
    • Symbols of control and surveillance
    • All are ambitious to succeed
    • Some desire handmaids therefore they are hypocritical
    • Some are rebels e.g. Nick
  • 7.
    • Time Shifts:
    • Day is unsafe and Offred is constantly under surveillance
    • Night is safe and she lives within her mind
    • The Past is a place of happiness and conflict, family and independence
    • The Present is a nightmare, a dystopia
  • 8.
    • Symbols:
    • Mirrors, colours, flowers, eyes, names,
    • Structure of the novel: contents page is on the left not the right, the Historical Footnotes contradict the novel
    • The Masculine discourse ‘constructs’ the Handmaids voice, patriarchy is alive and well
  • 9.
    • Events:
    • Linked to sex, birth and death
    • Very little positive hope e.g. mostly images of death, the Wall, shredded babies, being sent to the colonies to die
    • Handmaids get 3 chances then banished to die even though it is the commanders fault he is sterile
  • 10.
    • Structure:
    • Novel starts with despair and ends with hope.
    • Historical footnotes introduces a jarring male voice which has controlled the Handmaids story
    • He criticises her and labels her
    • We are left with a new image of the story