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The Day I Died: The Importance of Ambiguity in The Handmaids Tale

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Transcript of The Day I Died: The Importance of Ambiguity in The Handmaids Tale

Amy Williams The Day I Died: The Importance of Ambiguity The Day I Died; The Importance of Ambiguity in The Handmaids Tale The Day I Died Colour Symbolism Red
Worn by the Handmaids Blue
Worn by the Wives Colour Symbolism Black
Worn by the Commander Shows fertility; handmaids primary function
Refers to the female reproductive system
Sign of failure; menstrual blood
Blood also present when child is born Colour Symbolism Often referred to sadness.
May be to show true happiness will never be present. May show authority
May show fear Colour Symbolism Brown
Worn by the Aunts Colour Symbolism White
Worn by Girls ready to be Handmaids Shows purity
Refer to angels; chosen by God
Girls bodies are clean inside and out Could refer to the army
Authority Amy Williams Possible endings ENDINGS Offred is taken away by strangers; she doesn't know where she is going.
The reader does not know what happens to Offred either.
No definite ending. HOPE CONTROL OPEN TO OWN INTERPRETATION Stays in hiding
Finds Luke
Imprisoned; never escapes George Orwell
1984 Winston ends up loving Big Brother

Definite ending The Crucible
Arthur Miller Protagonist dies
No hope for main characters "Everything except the wings around my face is red: the colour of blood, which defines us".
-pg.18 I was expecting a Martha, but it was her instead, in her long powder blue robe, unmistakable.
-pg23 The cigarettes must have come from the black market, I thought, and this gave me hope.
-pg24 "There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it" And she said, behold my maid Bilbah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her. -Genesis, 30:1-3 offred = of Fred
ofglen = of Glen
'Wives'
'Marthas'
'Unwomen' "What has she done?" says Serena Joy. She wasn't the one who called them then.
-pg306 Ambiguous Something that is ambiguous is open to more than one interpretation. It is something that is unclear or inexact because a choice between alternatives has not been made. Definition Synonyms Vague
Equivocal
Uncertain
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