The Importance Of The Tulips In The Handmaid's Tale

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The symbol of the tulips contributes to my thesis by describing Serena’s flowers as sex organs, but they will be in vain since Serena Joy negligent about their fruits. The tulips are parallel to the handmaids because they are both are fertile and covered in red. As can be seen in Chapter 6, Offred claims, “The red of the tulips in Serena Joy’s garden, towards the base of the flowers where they are beginning to heal. Each thing is valid and really there” (Atwood 40). In other words, Offred is saying red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while tulips to Serena Joy represents false love. The effect of the red tulips emphasizes Offred birth and fertility, how she’s afraid to give away a child. Power and education have been taking away from the handmaids. And even though they will “begin to heal”. …show more content…

However, there are deficient expressions of femininity. Through the use of the symbol of the red tulips In The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood shows how flowers are given special attention as objects; these flowers can grow at a time. However, not a lot of women can. The overall passage in this passage is the handmaids are parallel to a red tulip. The author includes this chapter in her book to show everybody has their own purpose in society. For instance, in the novel, Serena needs Offred and Offred needs Serena because Offred is her necessity, she’s been forced to produce. From this passage, I learn more about Offred through the red color that pertains to her as far as the tulips. Offred is here to give fertility a physical representation. One can observe how red stands for Offred fertility and the relationship between Serena and

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