Luke

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Summary

  • Offred's husband
  • Tries to help his family escape aross the border
  • His story is told through Offred's anxiety about his fate

A missing person

  • It can be assumed that he died when trying to escape with his family across the border (before the beginning of the narrative).
  • Memories of him haunt Offred at several points throughout the novel and she is cautious about having a relationship with Nick because it feels like she's betraying Luke.
  • Offred doesn't tell Nick about Luke when explaining her past life.

A fragmented character

  • Appears briefly in Chapter 2 and gradually takes on an identity as Offred's lover, husband and father of her…

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