Character Analysis: The Handmaid's Tale

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The sex of oneself to another may not define the under-investigated and most detailed feelings that hide within this specific tale of the Gilead society. What feelings have come up within Offred concerning the commander and are they good or bad?

Offred is continuously showing patterns of confusing feelings she has for the commander. The commander lets her play scrabble. The commander also lets her read magazines. Offred states they had a new arrangement. Offred is getting closer to the commander than just the sex they have, she just does not fully understand what to define these feelings as. ¨But that night, the first since the begining of whatever this new arrangement was between us-I had no name for it-I felt shy of him.
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¨How could I be jealous of a woman so obviously dried-up and unhappy? You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself. Nevertheless I was jealous.¨ (Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid´s Tale, page#161) Offred hates most things about Gilead. Yet I think the thing she hates the most is the forced sex and this is why she envys Serena Joy. This quote gives a vivid picture of how it would be to see the commander and Offred in the same room. ¨But the Commander could give me away so easily ,by a look, by a gesture, some tiny slip that would reveal to anyone watching that there was something between us now.¨(Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid´s Tale, page#162) This just shows there is a clear and concise body language of back and forth between the commander and Offred. I believe that without reading any of this you could tell there was something between the two of them. Margaret Atwood created an intriguing, descriptive, and mysterious relationship for the commander and Offred. In conclusion I believe that Offred is completely confused for the commander and the commander is toying with her giving her a deceiving smile in order to get close and find out if she is really true to the government he is very much involved
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