Analysis Of The Handmaid's Tale

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Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future of Gilead where fertile women are set up as baby making machines, or Handmaid’s. This tale focuses mainly on the handmaid Offred and her experiences in Commander Fred’s house with his wife Serena Joy. When Offred was in the rehabilitation center or Red Center she sees her old college roommate Moira. Over the course of the book Moira is part of Offred’s life, in memory and when she finally sees her again in person. When Offred was in school, she was roommates with Moira and remembers what she was like. She was rebellious and nonconformist. “Moira, sitting on the edge of my bed, ankle on knee, in her purple overalls, one dangly earring, the gold fingernail she wore to be eccentric”. She was completely different than Offred, often like an older sister or friend who you don’t quite understand but love anyway. “I'm giving an underwhore party. A what? I say. There's no point trying to work, Moira won't allow it, she's like a cat that crawls onto the page when you're trying to read.” Often trying to show you their world, like when Moira brings Offered to the burning. She reembers her having a big personality and lifestyle, and continues to think of her like that unitl the red center. Offred remembers Moira from the Red Center, and she reembers that she escaped. …show more content…
Offred can’t get the strong ,dauntless Moira back, because she’s no longer that person. Offred doesn’t have a person to reflect her hopes and dreams, now she has to achieve them. Offred can no longer use Moria as a crutch and is forced to live more in the present. However Offred’s fighting spirit is severely damaged for a little as she sees what Moira has become. “I don’t want her to be like me. Give in, go along, save her skin. That is what it comes down to. I want gallantry from her, swashbuckling, heroism, single-handed combat. Something I