Proved fertile, she is considered an important commodity and has been placed as a handmaid in the home of the Commander Fred Waterford and his wife Serena Joy, to bear a child for them Serena Joy is believed to be infertile. She is apprehended and separated from her family. The novel is narrated by a woman of 30 or so who has been separated from her husband and young daughter, then sent to a brainwashing center.
Marthas, Wives and Econowives perceive Handmaids as promiscuous and are taught to scorn them. The house where she works is run by a married Commander, whom the narrator must have sex with on a regular basis in a standard Ceremony in an attempt to become pregnant and provide the household with a child.
As the novel concludes, Offred tells Nick that she thinks she is pregnant. Women are divided into a small range of social categories, each one signified by a plain dress in a specific color: They are expected to perform all the female functions: Eyes The secret police attempting to discover those violating the rules of Gilead.
He and Offred have a sexual chemistry that they get to satisfy when Serena Joy orchestrates an encounter between them in an effort to get Offred pregnant.
Janine tries to adjust to life in the Colonies, jeopardizing her friendship with Emily. She is involved with a resistance movement called "Mayday".
Both their name and their insignia, a winged eye, symbolize the eternal watchfulness of God and the totalitarian state.
What he is fucking is the lower part of my body. She breaks protocol by telling her what happened to the first Ofglen. Offred divulges a Latin phrase that her predecessor scratched on the wall.
That afternoon, the second Ofglen is replaced by a new Ofglen, who divulges that her predecessor hanged herself after seeing the van coming for her. Thus China replaced a state bureaucracy with a similar state bureaucracy under a different name, the USSR replaced the dreaded imperial secret police with an even more dreaded secret police, and so forth.
Unwomen, like Jews, African Americans, Catholics, and other groups considered undesirable by the Gilead regime are not allowed in Gilead.
Offred, the second wife of Luke and mother of a five-year-old daughter, attempts to escape to Canada.
When Gilead comes to power, he attempts to escape to Canada with Offred and their daughter, but they are captured. But she notes her interest in this type of work to explore themes in ways that " realistic fiction" cannot do.
They dress in brown. Plot[ edit ] In the near future, fertility rates collapse as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution.
Nick interrupts her and informs her that the Commander wants to see her the next night. Her mother, a vocal feminist, disappears. In addition, one of the Aunts tells the handmaids-in-training to stop "mooning and June-ing".
Gilead is within you" HT 5. 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. Angels may be permitted to marry. It is unclear whether the men are actually Eyes, or members of the Mayday resistance.
Janine, a compliant stooge, struggles so hard to adapt to the restrictive Handmaid lifestyle that she retreats into a blank stare, evidence of impending mental and emotional collapse.
Later, it is hypothesized, but not confirmed, that he might have been one of the architects of the Republic and its laws. Consequently, infertile and aged females, as well as homosexuals, are dispatched as clean-up crews in the Colonies. He wishes to have more contact with June outside of what is lawful between a Handmaid and her master, and starts inviting her to play nightly games of Scrabble.
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