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The Handmaids tale

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on 12 December 2014

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Transcript of The Handmaids tale

Themes
Summary
Offred has to attend a ceremony
Has the urge to steal something
Offred believes that Nick touches her foot

Serena Joy enters and allows them to watch the news while they wait for the Commander.
The news reveals
-war is still on going between the Angels and the Baptists -that Quakers were caught - Thousands of "Children of Ham" were being transported to Dakota

Chapter 14
Chapter 16
Summary
Next part of ceremony is in the bedroom
Everyone is fully clothed except Offred is not wearing underwear.
Offred head must rest between Serena Joys legs.
They hold hands
Have sex in an impersonal style, no kissing or love is necessary
Remembers her old commander
does not consider it rape
she states that prewar time this would be male fantasy but no one is enjoying this it is like a task and is uncomfortable
Chapter 17
Summary
Goes back to room and takes out the
butter from Dinner out of her shoe
Uses it as moisturizer, shows hope to escape and reclaim her body
.
Cant sleep and goes to the window and reminisces about her past life.
Decides to go downstairs and
steal a daffodil

Nick frightens her
they kiss
and resist the urge to do anything else
Chapter 15
Summary
Commander arrives and takes out the bible
Reads from the book of Genesis based on
childbearing
; story of Adam, Noah, Rachel and Leah

Serena joy starts sobbing
Commander wants them to pray Offred recites the Latin words found in her room
Chapter 14-23
The Handmaids tale
Rebellion

Memories
Religion
FLASHBACK
Reveals Offred is not her real name
Picnic with Luke and her daughter when really they were escaping trying to cross the boarder with fake passports.

Luke is sings while Offred is scared
Characters
Offred
Nick
Serena Joy
Rita
Cora
Luke
Daughter
News Caster
Personalities complement each other
Rebelling more
FLASHBACK
At the center she was recited the beatitudes on a tape recorder
She remembers these being slightly modified
On same day she met Moira in the bathroom on lunch
They argue about Moira`s idea to fake sick to escape the center although Offred does not agree because of the consequences
Moira then got taken off in an ambulance
When she returns her feet are severely beaten
Other Handmaid`s steal packs of sugar to bring to Moira

Hands and feet are not needed for their purpose
.
Themes
Rebellion
Power
Religion
Memories
Gender role
Characters
Offred
Moira
Aunt Lydia
Serena Joy
Commander
After the commander finishes he quickly leaves
Serena Joy tells Offred to leave right away
Themes
Love
Memories
Offred
Commander
Serena Joy(Women to women Hatred)

Characters
Offred thinks of how Luke would feel if Nick touched her
Nick tells her the commander wants to see her tomorrow.
Themes
Rebellion
Hope
Characters
Nick
Offred
Nick
Themes
Summary
Night time and Offred is lying in bed.
She is having flashbacks of being with Luke.
One night there was a thunderstorm and the
baby was kicking
because of it.
She now imagines all the possibilities of what has happened to Luke or where he is.
1) He is dead.
2)He is in prison.
3)Safe across the border. (escaped)

Chapter 18

Memories
Love
Hope
Characters
Offred wants to believe in these three possibilities so that when she finds out the truth nothing surprises her.
Offred
Luke
Daughter
Themes

DREAMING
She catches her daughter in her arms.
Dreams of waking up and her mother taking care of her.
Hears the sirens of the
birthmobile
during breakfast.
It is Ofwarren (Janine) birth day.
Offred wonders if she Offwarren will have an abnormal baby
( 1 in 4 women have been affected by the enviorment which causes birth defects.)
Women who did not want babies got tubes tied -
calles scorners of God's gifts.
Remembers Aunt Lydia saying birth rates were very low (chart)
Birth now is better ( God wants women to go through pain)
Offred believes all the wives talk bad about the handmaids when she sees their birthmobile. - compares it to theirs.

Chapter 19

Memories
Power

Characters
Offred
Ofwarren
Aunt Lydia
Cora
Summary
Themes
The birth of Ofwarren's child
Wife lays in the room as if she were to give birth while handmaid gives birth.
Birth happens at the Commander warrens house in the master bedroom.
(All handmaids gather around her)
FLASHBACK
Offred remembers when Aunts showed the movies in which men practiced
violent sex on women.
Also the
"Unwomen" documentary
which was about
feminist
from before.
Offred recognizes her mother in the movie when she was younger.
Mother was considered unwomen, gave
birth to offred late thirties
(single mother).
Flashback of her fighting with her mom and Luke about
sacrifices women used to take.

Chapter 20

Power
Sexuality

Characters
Offred
Ofwarren
Wives
Aunt Lydia
Moira
Offred Mother
Questions:
1) In your opinion, based on Offreds scenarios of what has happened to Luke, which one do you think the most reasonable?
2)Do you feel sympathetic towards Serena Joy due to the situation she is put in?
3) Would you consider what the Commander does in the the ceremony rape or merely his duty?
4) Do you believe it is a good idea for the Aunts to show them the movies? Why?
5) Do you think it was a good idea for Offred to kiss the commander? Explain.

Chapter 21
Summary:
The Handmaids chant to help Janine give birth
Offred tells a Handmaid she is looking for Moira and the women is looking for someone named Alma
Janine and the wife sit on the Birthing Stool together
The baby is born and the wife announces that she will name her Angela
Janine will nurse the baby for a few months, then transfer to a new commander
Janine will never be sent to the colonies and never be declared an Unwoman (this is her reward)
Characters
-> Ofwarren (Janine)
-> Offred
-> Handmaid
-> Commanders Wife
-> Aunt Elizabeth
-> Angela
Flashback
Offred says she remembers Luke standing beside her head, holding her hand in the hospital and him saying he couldn't sleep at all because he was so high

Themes
Happiness

Chapter 22
Summary
Offred remembers Moira's escape from the Red center
Moira caused a toilet to overflow and while Aunt Elizabeth went to fix it Moira stabbed her with a long lever from the toilet into her ribs and forced her into the furnace room where she tied her up
Moira and Aunt Elizabeth exchanged clothes and Moira walked out of the Red Center using Aunt Elizabeth's clothes so she could leave without anyone being suspicious
Moira hasn't been seen or heard of since
Characters
-> Offred
-> Aunt Lydia
-> Janine
-> Moira
-> Aunt Elizabeth
Themes
rebellion
Chapter 23
Cora tells Offred that she hopes she will have a child soon
Offred sneaks out of her room and meets the commander in his office
The Commander asks her to play scrabble
As she is about to leave, the commander asks her for a kiss
She imagines doing the same thing to the Commander that Moira did to Aunt Elizabeth which was stabbing him with a tool from the toilet
She kisses him and he says sadly he wanted her to kiss him " as if she meant it"
Characters
-> Offred
-> Cora
-> Commander
Themes
Betrayal
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