The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood that was first published in 1985. Atwood envisions a totalitarian and theocratic state where women’s roles are constrained and violent oppression keeps the order in place. A sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments, was published in 2019. Explore a character analysis of the narrator Offred, plot summary, and important quotes.
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See a complete list of the characters in The Handmaid’s Tale and in-depth analyses of Offred, The Commander, Serena Joy, Moira, Luke, and Aunt Lydia.
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- Gilead (formerly Cambridge, Massachusetts)
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- Plot Overview
- Character List
- Analysis of Major Characters
- Themes, Motifs & Symbols
- Chapters 1-5
- Chapters 4-6
- Chapters 7-9
- Chapters 10-12
- Chapters 13-15
- Chapters 16-21
- Chapters 22-25
- Chapters 26-28
- Chapters 29-32
- Chapters 33-36
- Chapters 37-40
- Chapters 41-44
- Chapters 45-46 & Historical Notes on The Handmaid's Tale
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