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General Quotes

"Blessed be the fruit." Chapter 4
"There is more than one kind of freedom...Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of
anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it."
Chapter 5

"She is a flag on a hilltop, showing what…

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"Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse for some." Chapter
32

"Agreed to it right away, really she didn't care anything with two legs and a good
youknowwhat was fine with her. They aren't squeamish they don't have the same feelings
we do." Chapter 33…

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Important Quotations Explained

1. Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but
after a time it will. It will become ordinary.

This quotation is from the end of Chapter 6. Offred and Ofglen are standing by the Wall, looking…

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a "national resource," the state insists, using language that dehumanizes women and reduces
them to, as Offred puts it, "a cloud, congealed around a central object, which is hard and more
real than I am."

4. He was not a monster, to her. Probably he had some endearing trait: he…

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The Handmaid's Tale Identity Quotes


We learned to lipread, our heads flat on the beds, turned sideways, watching
each other's mouths. In this way we exchanged names from bed to bed:

Alma. Janine. Dolores. Moira. June. (1.56)


Trapped as they are in the new society of Gilead, the narrator and…

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Here the narrator tries to distance herself from the new name society has given her. She attempts,
unsuccessfully, to convince herself that her name is separate from her identity. Getting to use her "real
name" is important: it "does matter." When people are kept from using their real names, they…

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The Handmaid's Tale Children Quotes



Anyways, they're doing it for us all, said Cora, or so they say. If I hadn't of got my
tubes tied, it could have been me, say I was ten years younger. It's not that bad.
It's not what you'd call hard work. (1.20)


Cora's…

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by men the Handmaids don't love, only to be torn apart from that child after it's born, certainly seems
like hard work, both emotionally and mentally.

The Commander's Wife directs, pointing with her stick. Many of the Wives have
such gardens, it's something for them to order and maintain and…

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Aunt Elizabeth, holding the baby, looks up at us and smiles. We smile too, we are
one smile, tears run down our cheeks, we are so happy.

Our happiness is part memory. What I remember is Luke, with me in the hospital,
standing beside my head, holding my hand, in…

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So is this pregnancy "certain" or "wishful thinking"? Is the narrator really pregnant, or does she just want
to be? These questions never get answered, and even if the baby is Nick's, he wouldn't get to be the
father any more than she can be the mother.































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