The Handmaid's Tale

715 WordsJan 25, 20183 Pages
Imagine growing up in a society where all women are useful is to reproduce. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is an excellent novel of what could potentially be the fate of the future one day. The main character, Offred, moves into a new home where she is there to perform “rituals” with the Commander, head of the house, so she can hopefully reproduce herself. The Commander is a key character for he can get rid of Offred if he does not like her and he has all the power. The two end up having a secret relationship where Offred begins to trust him. In the book the Commander is portrayed as a pretty trustworthy character to Offred, however the movie adaptation was the complete opposite. There are three important scenes that portray the Commander differently from the movie in comparison to the book serving to create a different mood. The first scene that created a different mood from the movie adaptation from the original mood was when Offred first goes to meet the Commander in his office. In this scene there is tension between the two characters in both the movie and novel. The movie had differences that made the Commander come off as having alternative motives. As the scene continues in the book however, the mood started to get more relaxed and laid back as they were enjoying a simple game. When she first left the Commander he asks her if she will be alright to go back to her room without getting caught (Atwood 180). That statement alone creates a sense of compassion

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