An Analysis Of The Handmaid's Tale

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The only thing wrong with The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, is that it had to come to an end. After deeply analyzing this wonderful novel and writing numerous papers on it, I still wanted to learn more about certain characters and of life in Gilead. Throughout the novel there are many addresses to Offred's husband, Luke, with only a vivid explanation of what had happened to him. My fan fiction wanted to elaborate on Luke’s story, by immersing the reader into the Lukes own shoes through his perspective on the days prior and after that fateful picnic day that is mentioned briefly in The Handmaid's Tale. Throughout this fan fiction I make many literary allusions to the actual novel, and added my own twists. My adaptations goal was to build …show more content…
Throughout The Handmaid's Tale, Offred is never addressed by her real name and is essentially a possession to that of her commander. Also, the reader is never presented the name of Luke and Offred’s daughter. My goal was to have the reader connect to these individuals, and feel as if these are actual people with dreams and aspirations. I chose to address Offred in this fan fiction as Audrey due to its significance to old english. This name comes from the old english name Aethelthryth, meaning nobility and strength. This name of Audrey, fits Offred well due to what she endures throughout the novel. Offred is faced with many challenges, setbacks, losses, and hardships throughout the duration of The Handmaid's Tale. I wanted her name to portray how strong she is as a woman to go through all that has happened to her, as well as her family. Her name also represents a nobility aspect to convey her exceptional personality qualities. Even after all that Offred has been through in the novel …show more content…
An important explanation that The Handmaid’s Tale lacks, is that of children. In the novel the children of Gilead are not mentioned very much, and therefore I wanted to elaborate more on this aspect. The bunny in my fan fiction symbolises the innocence of children in Gilead. White is color that is usually associated with innocence, purity, and goodness. This describes not only Kairi, but all of the children in Gilead. These children do not know what is going on around them, and are too innocent to understand that what is happening, is very wrong. Later in the paper when Kairi and her mom are running from the officials, Luke turns around and describes seeing the bunny fall from her hand and “splash in the dirt.” This scene is very emotional and not only shows the separation of family, but also symbolises Kairi losing her innocence and purity. Like the bunny being tainted by the dirt from the ground, Kairi is also tainted. In this scene her life is about to change and her family is being split apart. This bunny falling in the dirt, will no longer be as white as the moment before it was in Kairi’s hands. This is a representation of what happens to Kairi and the other children of Gilead, they are forever stained. Kairi and the children of Gilead will forever be traumatized from the experiences that are unfolding due to this new regime. Hence

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