The Handmaid's Identity

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Color-coding deprives the society of individuality and exemplifies a definite class and power system in the society. Offred embodies the handmaid’s uniform “everything except the wings around my face is red; the color of blood, which defines us”(8). Offred expresses her loss of identity in the society because her along with the other handmaids are characterized by the color they wear and by their sacred reproductive systems. The systematic oppression becomes internalized oppression as the citizens of Gilead commence to settle into their appointed roles and be impoverished of their identity. Taking away individuality causes each group of people to become more susceptible to stereotyping, discrimination and prejudices because considering the
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