The Handmaid's Tale

Handmaid: Presentation of women quotes
"even they couldn't be trusted with guns" (c.1 p.14)
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Handmaid: Presentation of women quotes
"the tension between her lack of control and attempts to suppress it is horrible" (c.15 p.101)
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Handmaid: Presentation of women quotes
"I used to think of my body as an instrument of pleasure [...] now the flesh arranges itself differently. I'm a cloud, congealed around a central object" (c.13 p.83)
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Handmaid: Presentation of women quotes
"I wait, washed, brushed, fed, like a prize pig" (c.13 p.79)
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Handmaid: Appearance vs reality quotes
"a sister, dipped in blood" (c.2 p.19)
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Handmaid: Appearance vs reality quotes
"Blessed are the meek, blessed are the silent. I knew they made that up, I knew it was wrong" (c.15 p.100)
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Handmaid: Appearance vs reality quotes
"how easy it is to invent a humanity, for anyone at all" (c.24 p.155)
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Handmaid: Freedom and confinement quotes
"He's too casual, he's not servile enough" (c.4 p.27)
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Handmaid: Freedom and confinement quotes
"The feeling is voluptuous. This freedom, an eyeblink of it" (c.23 p.149)
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Handmaid: Freedom and confinement quotes
"Freedom, like everything else, is relative" (c.36 p.242)
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Handmaid: Observation and surveillance quotes
"To be a man, watched by women. It must be entirely strange" (c.15 p.98)
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Handmaid: Observation and surveillance quotes
"Then he winks [...] Perhaps he is merely being friendly [...] Perhaps he is an eye" (c.4 p.28)
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Handmaid: Observation and surveillance quotes
"four digits and an eye" (c.12 p.75)
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Handmaid: Class and power quotes
"propelled forward by a swollen belly" (c.16 p.104)
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Handmaid: Class and power quotes
"Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some" (c.32 p.222)
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Handmaid: Masculinity quotes
"Men at the top have always had mistresses, why should things be any different now?" (c.26 p.172)
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Handmaid: Violence and death quotes
"But on one bag there's blood [...] a child's idea of a smile" (c.6 p.42)
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Handmaid: Loneliness and friendship quotes
"short steps like a trained pig's on it's hind legs" (c.4 p.29)
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Handmaid: Loneliness and friendship quotes
"we grip each other's hands, we are no longer single" (c.21 p.135)
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Handmaid: Desire quotes
"as far as I'm concerned, this is like a business transaction" (c.3 p.25)
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Handmaid: Masculinity quotes
"there is no such thing as a sterile man anymore, not officially" (c.11 p.71)
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Handmaid: Presentation of women quotes
"There are only women who are fruitful and women who are barren, that's the law" (c.11 p.71)
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Handmaid: Desire quotes
"I hunger to touch something, other than cloth or wood. I hunger to commit the act of touch" (c.2 p.21)
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Handmaid: Context
Margaret Atwood as a feminist writer, influenced by Canadian anti-Americanism of the 1960s, dystopian fiction, post-modern writing
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Handmaid: Narrative style and structure
Speculative fiction, non-chronological (analepsis disrupts the flow of the novel), 1st person narrative voice that hints at her own unreliability
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Handmaid: Hope and perseverance quotes
"I tell, therefore you are" (c.41 p.279)
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Handmaid: Hope and perseverance quotes
"What I feel is partly relief, because none of these men is Luke. Luke wasn't a doctor. Isn't." (c.6 p.43)
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 1: Offred and Red Centre partly introduced; Chapter 2: Household and clothing described; Chapter 3: description of Serena Joy
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 4: sees nick and introduces Ofglen; Chapter 5: Japanese tourists; Chapter 6: visits the wall
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 7: remembers Moira, her mother and her daughter; Chapter 8: Ofglen tries "mayday", remembers SJ's former life
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 9: Aunt Lydia's lectures on the past; Chapter 12: Offred bathes; Chapter 14: household gathers to pray, Offred watches the news
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 15: Commander introduced; Chapter 16: The Ceremony; Chapter 19: explains infertility in Gilead
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 21: Ofwarren gives birth; Chapter 23: first meeting with Commander, plays Scrabble; Chapter 25: meetings become "an arrangement", given magazines and hand lotion
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 26: second Ceremony; Chapter 31: Ofglen tells Offred about "mayday"; Chapter 33: Prayvaganza; Chapter 36: Commander gives her an outfit for Jezebel's; Chapter 37: sees Moira
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 40: first night with Nick; Chapter 41: admits that she is in love; Chapter 42: Salvagings (execution of two handmaid's and one wife)
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Handmaid: Key moments and events
Chapter 43: Particicution of guardian; Chapter 45: SJ confronts Offred about Jezebel's; Chapter 46: Offred taken away due to Nick's call for "mayday"
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