The Importance Of Faith In The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaids Tale essay “Faith” as it read and that there would be the last Offred would get to read. In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, tells the story of Offred, one of the few fertile women in Gilead who is used purely for breeding and birth for a population. In the beginning, Offred seems to be inoffensive, ordinary, and somehow makes light of her awful situation but towards the end theres a change in her which makes her bitter, reserved, and rebellious. Lust for freedom leads to change in integrity shown through Offred, the Commander, Serena joy, and the rest of the handmaids. Life before Gilead meant women could own property, smoke, decide their sexuality, work, and live for something other than serving man. Even to the strongest person would feel belittled if they couldn’t do any of those things. When…show more content…
All she can do at this moment is analyze her surroundings be grateful for the things she still has“He looks at me, and sees me looking...He’s just taken a risk”(Atwood 18). At this moment nick has just broken one of the unspoken rules where the handmaid's shouldn’t look at any of the men because that’s not their purpose. In this quote Nick is risking his life by even acknowledging Offred because she’s a handmaid. This quote is ironic because later in the Handmaid’s Tale Nick risks much more than just glancing at Offred. Offred is first scared to do anything that would possibly lead her to the colonies. Compared to the beginning by the end offred cares less about breaking the rules proven because she even goes on several affairs not including the one instructed by Serena Joy. “But whose fault was it? Aunt Helena says, holding up one plump finger. Her fault, her fault, we chant in unison.Who led them on?Aunt Helena beams, pleased with us. She did.
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