Her name was not always Offred, this name was given to her because it literally means “by Fred”. Offred is the main character and narrator of the book The Handmaid’s Tale. It is soon found out that Offred is very unorthodox. She is a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, but she can actually remember her life before everything happened. “It’s a Saturday morning in September, I’m wearing my shinning name. The little girl who is now dead sits in the back seat, wih her two best dolls, her stuffed rabbit, mangy with age and love. I know all the details” (Atwood 84). She was once the mother of a daughter and a faithful wife, she worked at the library in the discing room, but soon lost her opportunity to work. Offred is supposed to be used for one purpose only: to get pregnant and have a child for her commander and his wife, but she fails to do that. Offred soon falls in love with Nick, who is the family chauffeur. This is the beginning ...
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...c of Gilead, many people, especially women, do not like him because of this. He is a main reason that women lost all of their rights, he made the world what he thought of as a Utopia, but he actually created a Dystopia.
Offred, Serena Joy and the Commander are three main characters whom are also very unorthodox in The Handmaid’s Tale. Unorthodoxy is a major issue in the Republic of Gilead. Many of the characters, including the main characters and some not so important characters are very unorthodox in many ways. The characters in the story think that they are living in a Utopia, but as the reader reads the book, they see it as more of a Dystopia. The people living in the United States today think that the world is getting better and closer to a Utopia, but some day the world may change to a Dystopia without the common human being able to control what is happening.
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