Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: Offred



The creation of Offred, the passive narrator of Margaret Atwood's
The Handmaid's Tale, was intentional. The personality of the narrator in
this novel is almost as important as the task bestowed upon her. Atwood
chooses an average women, appreciative of past times, who lacks imagination
and fervor, to contrast the typical feminist, represented in this novel by
her mother and her best friend, Moira.
Atwood is writing for a specific audience, though through careful
examination, it can be determined that the intended audience is actually
the mass population. Although particular groups may find The Handmaid's
Tale more enjoyable than others, the purpose of the novel is to enlighten
the ...

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seem horrific to the reader. On page 93,
Offred is witness to Janine's confession of being raped. She doesn't
comment on how the blame is placed on Janine. Is this because Offred has
begun to accept the words of Aunt Lydia, or more likely, is she silent to
create emphasis on the horrific deed? The answer is easily satisfied when
the reader finishes the novel. Offred must realize the injustices if she
feels compelled to reveal her story on the tapes. She must grasp the
importance of conveying the atrocities that were executed during the
Gileadian area.
Offred is representative of an average women also because she has
experienced no great traumas. She isn't just ambivalent because of her
tendencies but because she has been abruptly interjected into a new society.
She is stunned and almost numb. She barely shows signs of life. She
doesn't think there is any use to have a sense of hope. She thinks of the
woman in "her" room before her. Her strong sense of life did nothing ...

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