The Commander



  • Most powerful authority figure in Offred's world
  • She takes his first name as part of her Handmaid name
  • Presented as a lonely man despite his position of power

Stereotype of male power

  • Represents male power, isolated and indifferent to domestic matters.
  • Begins to break down after the Ceremony.
  • Lonely man who desires friendship and intimacy with his Handmaid but not in the enforced and prescribed way.

In his study

  • Seems benign.
  • Treats Offred in a patronising way and becomes fond of her: 'In fact he is positively daddyish'.
  • Has the ability to compartmentalise his life so he…


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