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Handmaids Tale- Media Project

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Martin Ly

on 10 December 2014

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Transcript of Handmaids Tale- Media Project

A literary technique that presents the thoughts and feelings of character as they occur
Stream of Consciousness
Controlling Mechanisms
A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.
Media Project

The Handmaid's Tale

The purpose of reconstruction is to show the readers that nothing Offred says is absolutely right. This makes the reader question and think about the book, thinking about if Offred might have left things out or put in misleading information. It perceives Offred as an unreliable source, who may have changed the contents of her retellings.
"It will be a reconstruction then too, at yet another remove. It's impossible to to say a thing exactly the way it was, because what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out" (Chapter 23, 126)
This quotation explains that when Offred gets out
she will reconstruct her story again. She knows that
nothing can be retold perfectly and therefore, may have left important information out. This encourages the reader to think about the scene, about what she may have forgotten, what other clues to the story there is, etc. Overall, it causes the reader to think more deeply about the book
The purpose of the Aunts is to indoctrinate the Handmaids with the beliefs of the new society and make them believe that the new society of Gilead is better than their life prior.
The Aunts use their power over handmaids to make the handmaids obedient.
"Now we walk along the same street, in red pairs, and no man shouts obscenities at us, speaks to us, touches us. No one whistles. There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom fromIn the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are given freedom from. Don't underrate it" (Chapter 4, 24)
Aunt Lydia explains to the handmaids that they are now protected, unlike pre-Gilead where they men would shout obscenities at them while they walked on the streets. Aunt Lydia argues that freedom from is very important and the handmaids should be thankful for such freedom. Aunt Lydia instills the beliefs of Gilead into the handmaids and tries to convince them that their life before was worse.


Nick is a Guardian assigned to the Commander's home, where he works as a chauffeur and as a gardener.
Throughout the book, Nick seems to be a loyal, risky, and perceptive person.
"He told me to," Nick says. "He wants to see you. In his office." (Chapter 17, 93)
Even though Nick knows that this kind of activity is forbidden. He still passes on the message to Offred and does not report this activity to others. Nick keeps this a secret and obeys the commanders orders.
"He steps aside and I move past him and he closes the door." (Chapter 41, 253)
Offred and Nick have an affair with one another after the arrangement made by Serena Joy, in an effort to get Offred pregnant, however, this time Serena does not know about their secret encounters. Having an affair especially with a low-level Officer is taboo in Gilead, and getting caught would risk in the execution of both of them. Nonetheless, Nick still lets Offred into his room.
"It's all right. It's Mayday. Go with them. He calls me by my real name." (Chapter 46, 275
Nick seems to know about the underground movement "Mayday", and the people that are in it. Furthermore he also knows Offred's name pre-Gilead, although she has never revealed it to him. All of this knowledge shows that he is very insightful.

The purpose of the eggs symbolizes the fertility
women. (reproduction)
"The eggs had broken on the floor" (Chapter 25, 141)
Cora drops the eggs when she sees Offreds clothes lying on the floor, thinking that Offred had run off. The egg being broken symbolizes the infertility of the household. If Offred ran off she would not reproduce a baby for them.
"The egg is glowing now, as if it had an energy of its own. To look at the egg gives me intense pleasure." (Chapter 19,104)
The egg glowing as if it had energy of its own symbolizes that the egg is alive. In this context, the egg could represent a baby. Offred gains pleasure looking at the egg because she would no longer be deemed unwomen.

Nuclear Radiation, Chemical Toxins
"The other Colonies are worse, though, the toxic dumps and the radiation spills. They figure you've got three years maximum" (Chapter 38, 233)
"The book of Job" (Chapter 28, 162)
The Book of Job is one of the Writings in the Bible, that addresses suffering.
Atwood uses this pun to help us understand how women feel without a Job. She connects the idea of suffering to how women in society don't have jobs anymore and how when the government took away their jobs, that is when the women in Gilead started to suffer.
"Waste not, want not. I am not being wasted. Why do I want?" (Chapter 2, 8)
Colonies are areas beyond Gilead that are filled with chemical toxins, and radiation. People that the society of Gilead cast away. Moira believes that most people only have three years maximum. Atwood addresses that the issue of radiation as well as chemical spills will be a concern in the future, and possibly affect us negatively.
Atwood uses puns to increase clarity of the text, to help us fully understand it better. (makes connections)
Atwood uses puns to point out that language is really significant
The idea that if we do not waste anything, then we probably do not need anything. Offred is not being wasted, since she is being used for reproductive purposes, but somehow she still wants. Atwood tries to use language to convey Offreds thoughts.
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