The Commander In The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, ‘The Commander’ is the head of the household where his handmaid Offred lives. They live in a society where women are oppressed, and men rule. The commander inaugurates an inappropriate relationship with his handmaid throughout the novel, and on page 243 the two characters share a significant moment. The quote above in which the commander is speaking to Offred, he attempts to depict, justify, and make clear of the reasons and the framework behind Gilead clear to Offred. He explains a mans inability to feel emotion in their past lives, and how they created Gilead in order to restore human emotion. The commander does not realize that the goal of making men feel more important then women, has

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