The novel is narrated by a woman of 30 or so who has been separated from her husband and young daughter, then sent to a brainwashing center. She is trained to be a Handmaid, obliged to serve any member of the hierarchy as birth-mother of his children. She is now on her third assignment, having failed to become pregnant in her previous two, so her time is running out.
The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Synopsis The film opens on a view of a desolate snow covered mountain scape with the words "Once upon a time in the recent future a country went wrong.
The country was called The Republic of Gilead. They approach the border on foot as they get nearer, but are spotted by guards from the Republic before they can cross.
The scene cuts to a city street, where women including Kate are being unloaded from a back of a large truck and herded into a building.
Other trucks are unloading as well, although some are full of men or black people note: The people are organized by race, gender, and among white women, their fertility. The infertile women are forced into a large truck with the original label "livestock" crossed out and " female" written over top.
A group of blacks attempt to escape but are stopped and led away. The fertile women are met by Aunt Lydia, Victoria Tennant one of the "rulers" of the Handmaids, per say, and board a bus headed for the Red Center.
The windows are painted over, but Kate can see women wearing face masks and gloves shoveling dirt and rocks presumably contaminated along the route through a scratch in the paint. Inside the Center which is really a converted schoolthe fertile women are preparing for bed in the old gymnasium by singing a hymn ending with the words "leave us empty to be filled.
She is dragged from the room screaming while the rest of the women continue the prayer. Once in bed, the women are constantly watched by cameras and patrolling Aunts.
They quietly whisper their names and Kate has a flashback to the last time she saw her daughter. The next morning at breakfast the women are given a cup of pills, but Moira encourages Kate to dump the pills down her sleeve rather than take them.
Later, they are banded with metal bracelets with a bar code on them. The women are given "history" lessons of their country. The next scene is night in the gym again, and two aunts approach the cot of a woman and escort her out. The following morning at breakfast, her screams are heard as she is led into the dining hall.
Kate sees that her feet have been badly beaten in the book it was explained that this beating was done with metal cables. Aunt Lydia says that she "hate s to punish her, but she abused her body.
We have self control. Aunt Lydia explains that Kate should not think of herself as equal to a Wife and it would be a great honor if she is chosen. A truck full of blacks drives past, offering a Holocaust-like scene of the rounding-up of "filthy" people.
Serena tells Kate that she has to truly want to have a baby in order for the situation to work and that they "could help each other. Aunt Lydia asks Janine Traci Lind to explain why the past was horrible.
Janine recounts a story of how she was gang raped at a party at the age of 14 and had an abortion as a result. Those few in the group who are not already adamant in assigning blame to Janine including Kate and Moira are prodded until they agree. Kate and the other women receive their official Handmaid clothing: While they are dressing, Janine believes she is back in her old life as a waitress and keeps asking if anyone would like coffee.
At the church, the Handmaids stand while the Wives sit. The clergy man tell the Handmaids that they are going out to "fulfill their lives for the greater glory of God. Once again, Kate sees her daughter searching for her in the snow at the border.
Kate and Serena watch the news while waiting of the Commander to come home. We are weeding out the Godless. He reads from the book of Genesis chapter It is here that the true purpose of Handmaids is revealed; husbands have sex with them in an attempt to conceive where they could not with their own wives.
The idea being that a husband is not being unfaithful to his wife if she is present The actual sex is emotionless for the Commander, painful for Kate, and emotionally difficult for Serena. Once back in her room, Kate strips off her clothing and splashes water on herself in the bathroom.
She climbs on a chair so that she can see out of the un-painted part of the window. Nick, who lives in the carriage house across the way, sees her naked body in the window and warns her to "get out of there. The food is purchased with ration cards, and Ofglen is excited to see oranges at the store.
Apparently getting food from California and Florida is difficult due to rebel interference.Plot Summary First published in , Margaret Atwood’s sixth novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has received numerous accolades and prizes and remains widely critically celebrated.
Plot Overview Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.
Plot Overview. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.
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