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Flashbacks in The Handmaid's Tale

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on 21 April 2011

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Transcript of Flashbacks in The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale Flashbacks are used to show contrast between life in Gilead society and the United States society from the before time. Flashbacks give us information on who Offred was.
Flashbacks give us information on how Gilead society came to be.
Flashbacks emphasis the loss of morality in Gilead in comparison to the before time. the republic of gilead It was after the catastrophe, when they shot the President and machine-gunned the Congress and the army declared a state of emergency. They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics at the time. That was when they suspended the Constitution. (174) I'll take care of it, said Luke. And because he said 'it' instead of 'her,' I knew he meant 'kill.' That is what you have to do before you kill, I thought. You have to create an 'it,' where none was before. That's one of the things they do. They force you to kill within yourself. (192-193) offred's identity loss of morality Her hair is tucked into a mauve kerchief tied behind her head. Her face is very young, very serious, even pretty, I've forgotten my mother was once as pretty and earnest as that. (119) Once we had to watch a woman being slowly cut into pieces, her fingers and breasts snipped off with garden shears, her stomach slit open and her intestines pulled out. (118) 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 from. - (24) I can remember where the buildings are, inside the wall; we used to be able to walk freely there, when it was a university. We still go in there once in a while, for Women's Salvagings. (166) I think about her drowning and this thought slows me. (75) It's been a long time since I've seen skirts that short on women... they seem undress. It has taken so little time to change our minds about things like that. Then I think, I use to dress like that. That was freedom. Westernized, they use to call it. (28) flashbacks in maxin nietes
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adrian garnett author, Margaret Atwood I must forget my secret name and all ways back. My name is Offred now, and here is where I live. ... I am thirty-three years old. I have brown hair. I stand five seven without heels. I have viable ovaries. I have one more chance. (143) fin Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. thesis main points Don't you know how many womens lives, how many womens bodies, the tanks had to roll over just to get that far? (121) Atwood could have chosen to write the novel in third person, having someone record the events of Offred's life, or in first person having Offred recall the events in chronological order, do you think the flashback method was the most effective way to tell the story?
do you think what happened in the novel could ever happen in real life?
what do you think people will say about us in 2195?
what do you think happened to Offred? questions Look out, said Moira to me, over the phone. Here it comes.
Here what comes? I said.
You wait, she said. They've been building up to this. It's you and me up against the wall, baby. She was quoting an expression of my mother's, but she wasn't intending to be funny. (174) My mother said people used to have signs beside their cash registers, for a joke: In God we Trust, All Others Pay cash. That would be blasphemy now. (173) flash·back [flash-bak] - flashback, or involuntary recurrent memory, a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience.
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