Zhukov's Tale Offred Sparknotes

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Zhukov’s life is reflective of a life of hardship and misery under an autocratic Russian regime in the 1940s. He spends most of his time moving between the prison house and the labor camp. Zhukov has no control over his life and destiny because of the oppressive regime. Unlike Zhukov’s story that is about a generalized state oppression of its people, Atwood’s story has a feminist connotation. Offred is a symbol of suffering and defiance. Offred adopts desperate coping mechanisms to overcome her predicament. The mechanisms were meant to cope with her enslavement, torture, coercion, devaluation, and outright genocide or death sentences. Offred manages to cling to sanity by enjoying simple or modest pleasures that comfort her. For instance, she
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