Red Tulips In Serena Joy's Garden

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Motif of the color red gives a warning throughout the Chapter. The red tulips represents life and fertility, Serena Joy is trying to grow her own garden because she is infertile, the fact that she can not have any child, she has no other choice to tend her own garden. As a matter of fact, the garden never reproduces even she works hard enough. This idea is first introduced in Chapter 6, when Offred is describing the one red smile she sees among these six bodies on the Wall. She writes, “I look at the one red smile. The red of the smile is the same as the tulips in Serena Joy’s Garden” (Atwood 40). Looking closely at this quote, one can see how the color of red associated both with shame and fertility. The effect of the color red is to describe
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