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The creation of Offred the passive narrator of Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale was intentional The personality of the narrator in this novel is almost as important as the task bestowed upon her Atwood chooses an average women appreciative of past times who lacks imagination and fervor to contrast the typical feminist represented in this novel by her mother and her best friend Moira Atwood is writing for a specific audience though through careful examination it can be determined that the intended audience is actually the mass population Although particular groups may find The Handmaids Tale more enjoyable than others the purpose of the novel is to enlighten the general population as opposed to being a source of entertainment A specific group that may favor this novel is the women activists of the 1960s and 1970s This group in which Offreds mother would be a member is sensitive to the censorship that women once faced and would show interest to the possible future that could result Offred is symbolic of every woman She was conventional in prior times married with one daughter a husband and a career She is ambivalent to many things that may seem horrific to the reader On page 93 Offred is witness to Janines confession of being raped She doesnt comment on how the blame is placed on Janine Is this because Offred has begun to accept the words of Aunt Lydia or more likely is she silent to create emphasis on the horrific deed The answer is easily satisfied when the reader finishes the novel Offred must realize the injustices if she feels compelled to reveal her story on the tapes She must grasp the importance of conveying the atrocities that were executed during the Gileadian area Offred is representative of an average women also because she has experienced no great traumas She isnt just ambivalent because of her tendencies but because she has been abruptly interjected into a
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