Essays Tagged: "Offred"

Is the Power Absolute? Compare the power in Handmaid's tale and the Matrix. the power looks very strong, but actually it's not.

k:" he wants me to play Scrabble with him and kiss him as if I meant it."(Here "I" is the handmaid, Offred) This is forbidden in Gilead, but the commander still does it because he feels lonely. He has ... andmaid. His wife doesn't understand him. He's lack of communication. The only thing between he and Offred is sex. As there's no love between them, the commander wants love, that's why he asks Offred ...

(5 pages) 127 1 4.5 Jun/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A discussion of Margerat Atwood's use of shock in 'The Handmaid's Tale, and how it relates to current issues.

is the shock of abnormality and the alien nature of the society, especially when juxtaposed against Offred's reminiscences of the life we can recognise. There is the shock of brutality in the descript ... of brutality in the descriptions of the Wall, the Ceremony and Particution, which are heightened by Offred's detached narrative style, and this shock of her complicity in what is happening, if shown s ...

(11 pages) 79 1 5.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Book Report to the Class on A HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood. May want to add more about the themes and take out some of the plot description.

of Gilead, is very important in showing how and why things happened the way that they did, and why Offred, the main character, behaves, thinks, and acts the way that she does.The Handmaid's Tale cove ... covers Offred's time with her Commander, which was less than a year. However, throughout the story, Offred has several flashbacks that reveal what happened to her in her past.Offred was a married woma ...

(4 pages) 70 1 4.9 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

A comparison of the imagery and language in "The handmaid's tale" and Judith Wright's poems

. It uses language to bring romance and the nature of love to the readers.In "the handmaid's tale", Offred describes her memories with her husband Luke without a romantic tone. She describes she used ... he life cycle of a married couple - settling down and have children. The ordinary language reflects Offred's stable life she used to have, and her character that she is easy to feel content. Since thi ...

(4 pages) 66 1 2.3 Sep/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > World Literature

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - "Examine the ways in which the writer (Atwood) uses memory in the novel"

Atwood has used memory in this novel as a form of escape for the main character 'Offred' or 'June' as some critics believe her to be called. Mostly, memories are used when Offred is ... is alone in her room, therefore, the majority of memories occur in the 'Night' sections.The reason Offred only permits memories when she is own her own is because she doesn't want to let any emotion ... she doesn't want to let any emotion show around other people. This can be seen in the kitchen when Offred smells bread baking and this lead her into more memories of home and she stops herself while ...

(1 pages) 29 0 3.0 Jan/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Critical Analysis of 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood

The creation of Offred, the passive narrator of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, was intentional. The personal ... oup that may favor this novel is the women activists of the 1960's and 1970's. This group, in which Offred's mother would be a member, is sensitive to the censorship that women once faced and would sh ... ensorship that women once faced and would show interest to the "possible future" that could result. Offred is symbolic of "every woman". She was conventional in prior times, married with one daughter, ...

(4 pages) 78 1 4.3 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Betrayal: How It affects The Narrator in "The Space Merchants" and "The Handmaid's Tald"

ayal was much more difficult to find. In a first reading, one can be impressed with the feelings of Offred for her husband. She loved him and with each day that passed, she wanted only to be reunited ... ed with him and their daughter. In reading for a second time, one could find clues to the fact that Offred's Luke was similar to the people that had risen to the high ranks of the Gilead. Luke, throug ...

(6 pages) 17 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

This essay discusses "The Handmaid's Tale" by Magaret Atwood, with particular reference to the historical notes and their significance adn importance to the whole novel.

s, may be unsatisfying to some readers in the sense that we are still not given a conclusive end to Offred's tale. Both the reader and Professor Pieixoto are able to deduct from the "very existence of ... th the reader and Professor Pieixoto are able to deduct from the "very existence of the tapes" that Offred was indeed rescued from Gilead. However, what happened to her after that? This uncertainty is ...

(6 pages) 69 1 4.4 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Do the 'Historical Notes' in the Handmaid's Tale add to or detract from the novel?

just the novel itself. Unlike the actual novel, the historical notes are far more speculative than Offred ever was. This is almost certainly because they have to make their own interpretations from s ... own boundaries.However, the historical notes do add authenticity to the Novel's content and also to Offred's story. This makes it more realistic to the reader as they can relate Gilead to aspects of o ...

(3 pages) 32 0 5.0 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

The Hope and Hopelessness of Moira: "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood: Argumentative essay: Moira as a symbolic character of hope to the main character.

of Moira. This character is referred to throughout the novel as strong-willed and independent until Offred finds her near the end, different and broken. Through Moira, Atwood is able to develop Offred ... ope and further develop the theme of hopelessness in Totalitarian governments.Throughout the novel, Offred makes references to Moira, Offreds friend since college. Every time this character is mention ...

(3 pages) 29 0 5.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Group Analysis of the Imagery, Symbolism, Figurative Language, Ironic Devices and more for "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

ry other section is entitled Night. Night is usually associated with darkness and fear, although to Offred this connotation is only half true. It seems that only in the dark can the characters of the ... l move around and be "free" without the fear of being caught. It's in the darkness of her room that Offred remembers her life prior to the Gilead regime, often recalling her old friends and family mem ...

(11 pages) 33 0 5.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Essay On "The Handmaid's Tale"

te 1980's in order to "save" it from its pollution and dwindling birthrate.The novel's protagonist, Offred, uses two sets of images to document the history of these contrasting societies. She recounts ... ent life as a Handmaid, or uterine slave, to the Republic of Gilead.The descriptive imagery used by Offred to describe her experience has a richness and directness which translates each scene so effec ...

(5 pages) 61 2 4.0 Jan/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Discuss Imagery in the 'Handmaid's Tale' by Margharet Atwood

te 1980's in order to "save" it from its pollution and dwindling birthrate.The novel's protagonist, Offred, uses two sets of images to document the history of these contrasting societies. She recounts ... r present life as a Handmaid, or uterine slave, to the Republic of Gilead.Ironically, the images of Offred's life in Gilead, which are much more fantastical than Offred's past as a middle class Americ ...

(7 pages) 44 0 5.0 Mar/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

ISU Journal "Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

novel people are forced to reproduce and even have sexual relationships with a certain individuals. Offred the main character in the novel lives at the Red Center. The Red Center is a place where wome ... here women are trained and brainwashed into submission to their new role in The Republic of Gilead. Offred the main character in the novel is surrounded by several women at the Red Center. All the ind ...

(20 pages) 26 0 1.0 Apr/2007

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

The Handmaids Tale In Novel And Film

the Gilead society. Atwood inventively begins her novel with the main character, a Handmaid, called Offred, recalling an event from her past. Offred tells the Handmaids "slept in what had once been th ... omes conscious of what has previously happened to place the characters in their predicament, and of Offred's role is in her society. Offred is a Handmaid, like many other women in the story. A promine ...

(12 pages) 15 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

1984 Vs. A Handmaids Tale

past governmental systems, love and freedom. Without their individual thoughts, Winston Smith, and Offred would loose their sanity and all hopes for the future.A very notable theme in both novels is ... ughts, and speech by Big Brother.In A Handmaid?s Tale, love exists, although in a different manner. Offred thinks often of her past husband Luke, who disappeared during a war some years before she tel ...

(7 pages) 13 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

What impact does the structure of chapters 1-12 have on

o understand the roles of the characters and the impressions they leave on readers. As I read about Offred the narrator of the novel, I begin to understand that throughout the novel she feels isolated ... the feelings of isolation, loneliness and boredom for when she sits in her room with nothing to do. Offred comes across as an untrusting person as she does not trust the reader with her real name due ...

(8 pages) 577 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

The Handmaid's Tale - by Margaret Atwood Prompt: Compare how different characters in the novel adapt to life under the new regime. (full title below)

izens of the Republic of Gilead had to adapt to this new way of life.The protagonist of this novel, Offred, is a handmaid. She is a uterine slave, her only purpose is to be impregnated by her commande ... be impregnated by her commander and bear his children. Shorn of her name, her family, and her past, Offred is forced to adapt to her new life under this new rule. Forbidden to read or write, and const ...

(3 pages) 1251 1 0.0 Mar/2009

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Themes in the novel 'The Handmaids Tale'

ressive lifestyle - therefore precautions are taken to ensure that suicide never becomes an option. Offred states that 'they've removed anything you could tie a rope to' to prevent hangings there is a ... es of shops were too much temptation, [and are] known by their signs alone"(33). The only word that Offred is given to look at is "FAITH in square print"(75) on a small pillow in her room. Even lookin ...

(9 pages) 4271 0 0.0 Apr/2009

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Gender and Power in the Handmaids Tale

ugh the characterization of both men and women within the text.In terms of female characterization, Offred is an elementary character. Being a first person narrator, she offers incredible insight into ... [Male name here] in reference to the Commander in which they are placed with. Throughout the novel, Offred resists these rules. She creates her own vision of the world through the use of English. Poet ...

(7 pages) 22 0 0.0 Jun/2009

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > World Literature