The commander is viewed to be sympathetic due to the gifts and presents he brings to the

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The commander is viewed to be sympathetic due to the gifts and presents he brings to the handmaid, Offred. He sneaks her out to a private club, and he feels forsaken along with wanting a more intimate relationship with the narrator. Following the copulation between Offred and the Commander, the man of the house stealthily sneaks a private meeting with the Handmaid. During this time, the house holder presents to her magazines as a gift, as a sign of compassion. Knowing that magazines are illegal, it shows his friendliness towards Offred, as she states "…Mademoiselle magazine… Old Esquire… A Ms… And a Readers Digest." (184). In the course of the same gatherings, the Commander interrogates the narrator, desiring to play a…show more content…
As the Commander seemingly has properties of a solicitous character, he uses the narrator for his selfish purposes, and puts her life and others in danger. Which can all be characteristics of a monster. The self- serving male shows attributes of a monster by him imperilling the lives of others for his own merriment. At the time when the Commander sneaks her out to the forbidden club named Jezebel's, he knows it is illegal and forbidden but he takes her anyways, knowing if they get caught they will be tortured and potentially murdered. When the Handmaid asks " I thought this sort of thing was strictly forbidden." (), he responds " Well, officially" (), meaning that the owner of the female does not seen the rules apply to him as well, and decides to take her anyways because of his self enjoyment. Before taking the insightful Offred to the club, he uses their Guardian, Nick, as a signal to inform the female, when to meet him at night. This is proven when Offred states to Ofglen, " The signal is Nick. If he's polishing the car when I set out for shopping… Hat is an askew or not on at all, then I go…" (154). As he uses Nick for his own purpose, he places his life in danger as well, just to get a message to the Handmaid. When Offred is watching a documentary on the Holocaust, she thinks to herself " How easy it is to invent a humanity…" (145). Offred is conjecturing on

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