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The creation of Offred the passive narrator of Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Talewas intentional The personality of the narrator in this novel is almost as important as the taskbestowed upon her Atwood chooses an average women appreciative of past times who lacksimagination and fervor to contrast the typical feminist represented in this novel by her motherAtwood is writing for a specific audience though through careful examination it can bedetermined that the intended audience is actually the mass population Although particular groupsmay find The Handmaids Tale more enjoyable than others the purpose of the novel is toenlighten the general population as opposed to being a source of entertainment A specific groupthat may favor this novel is the women activists of the 1960s and 1970s This group in whichOffreds mother would be a member is sensitive to the censorship that women once faced andwould show interest to the possible future that could resultOffred is symbolic of every woman She was conventional in prior times married withone daughter a husband and a career She is ambivalent to many things that may seem horrific tothe reader On page 93 Offred is witness to Janines confession of being raped She doesntcomment on how the blame is placed on Janine Is this because Offred has begun to accept thewords of Aunt Lydia or more likely is she silent to create emphasis on the horrific deed Theanswer is easily satisfied when the reader finishes the novel Offred must realize the injustices ifshe feels compelled to reveal her story on the tapes She must grasp the importance of conveyingthe atrocities that were executed during the Gileadian areaOffred is representative of an average women also because she has experienced no greattraumas She isnt just ambivalent because of her tendencies but because she has been abruptlyinterjected into a new society She is stunned and almost numb She barely shows signs of life She doesnt think there is any use to have a sense of hope
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