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To try and be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment once said Ralph Waldo Emerson an American poet The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood revolves around the life of one Handmaid a female used to produce children whose name is Offred Offred losses her identity through Aunt Lydia Serena Joy and the commander Aunt Lydia plays the part of informing the handmaids of their fate and persuading them to accept it Throughout the novel Aunt Lydia appears through flashbacks that Offred has Offred is forced into this new lifestyle in which she does not have a choice in how she lives her life Aunt Lydia is there to help Offred get accustom to her new life She informs Offred that her new life will become ordinary 33 Aunt Lydia also informs Offred that in this new lifestyle she does not have any rights She must do as the people say Ordinaryis what you are used to This may not seem ordinary 33 this statement made by Aunt Lydia enforces the idea that Offreds identity will soon disappear Who she was before does not matter in this new life Serena Joy is the commanders wife Offred and Serena first encountered each other during intercourse Traditionally during intercourse every wife of the commander puts the handmaids head between their legs and grabs their hands This is a way for them to feel as one Serena grips my hands as if it she not I finds it either pleasurable or painful 94 Offred feels no connection with Serena but Serena has changed her During intercourse Offred is not Offred Offred is Serena Offred is put into an emotional state where she is not herself because of Serenas dominanceThe commander plays a very vital role in The Handmaids Tale and in their sexual intercourse The commander is not allowed to have any interactions with the
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