Offred showed how society and men had control over women in the story. Offred and a friend of hers were walking outside one day, saw a group of tourists and thought about how “[she] used to dress like [the tourists]” (Atwood 28). The tourists were wearing clothing and makeup such as skirts above their knees and red lipstick. Offred and her friend were fascinated and envious of these women. They couldn’t imagine themselves wearing clothes like the tourist were wearing. Even though they couldn’t imagine themselves wearing those type of clothes and makeup, they used to wear it in their past. Offred remembered herself going to the laundromat and putting “[her] own clothes, [her] own soap, [and her] own money” into the machines and “having such control” over what she used to do (Atwood 24). She doesn’t have that control over her life ...
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...t her. Such a Janine, who had been gang raped in the story, but on the contrary had “seemed almost proud of it, while she was telling” (Atwood 71). Janine was of course hurt by the situation, but she also had a sense of pride about it. She wasn 't afraid to tell her story. She also didn 't feel as if it was her fault until the other women had said she led them on.
Offred showed how society and men had control over women, making them think they needed a man or a baby, but also showed how women are capable of much more. This story was, in a way, a warning of what the world could turn into. The world is experiencing issues such as the ones in the book, even though they are not as harsh. For example, sexual assault is illegal, however society makes it look as if it was the woman’s fault. The author is showing how these little issues could turn in to even bigger ones.
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