The Story Of A Handmaid Essay

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Offred is a slave, she is a slave to an internal war within herself and an outside war that she has no control over. Offred is a handmaid. During a time of war her family and her were separated and she was given a choice. She could either choose to go to the colonies and clean up nuclear waste, or she could be a handmaid and give her body up for the wars purpose. The purpose of being a handmaid is to be an instrument, to bare children for the commanders and their wives. Offred only wants to find her family that she had before the war, but to do that she must survive. Survival for her and the other handmaids means becoming an object for another man’s purpose.
Red, Blue, and green. These were the colors that told people what position people held in the society that was being built. The commanders and the commander’s wives who held the prestige wore blue. The Martha’s, who were the cooks wore green. The Martha’s were older women who could not bare children, but were still considered useful enough not to send to the colonies. The guardians are not assigned a color they ae drivers, and guards. “He is low status: he hasn’t been issued a woman, not even one” (Atwood,1986). Then there is the color red. This is the colors that handmaids were to wear. The dresses were long and bulky to conceal their shape. They had to wear white wings over their faces so no one could see their face.
They all had their assigned duties and the duties all revolved around making it possible for Offred…

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