Brief Summary And Character Analysis: Offred

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1. What do Offred's dreams about her husband and daughter have in common?

Each dream has a sense of loss and disappearance. The dreams are also a reflection of Offred's loss of identity as mother and wife.

2. At the end of the novel is Offred presented as being freed?

The readers can think that Offred escaped but that doesn't matter. She survived and her words escaped. Though no one knows her real name, she is not like Ofglen; she has not been erased from the historical narrative. Whether or not the historians understand the importance of Offred's effort, the reader understands that she has made her story permanent, and has thus, in a way, given herself and her fellow Handmaids immortality.

3. Why does Offred accept Serena's offer rather
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She perceived her relationship with Luke to be based on love, but has since realized that Luke never really seemed affected by the changes that were taking place and didn't seem at all concerned. She thinks in retrospect that maybe he was in fact happy with the changes. She was dependent on him, and her feelings didn't really matter........... in turn, she'd like to have herself a good fight.

9. how does gilead control women?

The women are trapped by rules and norms, and the punishments they'll receive for the slightest deviation of what is expected of them. The women do what they are told because they are afraid.

10. Describe how offred,moira, and janine each cope and respond to their circumstances

Offred learns to go with her circumstances and use her position with the Commander to leverage as much as she can get out of it.

Moira actually rebells against her circumstances. She is a lesbian and a feminist. She actually breaks out of the REd Centre but is caught soon after. In the end she can't cope. She is resigned to being a prostitute for

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