The motif of time could be very obvious on this part. Time, one thing are by no means thought a lot of earlier than her new life, is now an object she thinks about steadily. “There’s time to spare. This is without doubt one of the issues I wasn’t ready for – the quantity of unfilled time,” (Atwood 69). “Within the afternoons we lay o our beds for an hour within the gymnasium…they had been giving us an opportunity to get used to clean time,” (70). “The clock ticks with its pendulum, maintaining time my ft of their neat crimson footwear depend the way in which down,” (79).
This motif exhibits how a lot the lives’ of the ladies, together with Offred’s, has modified. They're restricted from doing a lot that the quantity of free time they've overwhelms them.
The Handmaid’s Story has many connections to 1984 by George Orwell. One connection is that in each tales, one can't be certain whether or not what the federal government says is true or not. “Who is aware of if any of [the news] is true? It could possibly be outdated clips, it could possibly be faked…Any information, now's higher than none,” (82).
In 1984, the federal government modified all media in order that it supported the Get together, and Winston, the primary character, couldn't ensure of what was actual and what was faked, equally to Offred on this occasion. One other connection between the 2 books is that intercourse is to not be a pleasurable factor; it's merely to supply offspring. “It has nothing to do with ardour or love or romance…It has nothing to do with sexual need…Arousal and orgasm are not thought mandatory…this isn't recreation…that is…obligation,” (94-95). Each governments need to management the feelings their topics possess.
Moira, Offred’s finest buddy, is a logo of energy and hope to Offred. Moira was in a position to escape from the Aunts, one thing no different girl was in a position to do. “It makes me really feel safer, that Moira is right here,” (71). Although Offred is not sure of what has occurred to Moira, she hopes Moira is effectively. Lots of Offred’s flashbacks are of instances when Offred and Moira had been collectively. Lots of Offred’s flashbacks are of recollections of Moira and het collectively. Moira was sturdy; “Moira stood up straight and regarded firmly forward. She drew her shoulders again, pulled up her backbone…Moira had energy now, she’d been set unfastened…She was now a unfastened girl,” (132-133). Since Moira was in a position to escape, Offred hopes that in the future she may also be free.
Probably the most disturbing a part of this ebook is when Janine, presently a handmaid, tells her story of how she was gang-raped at age fourteen. The Aunts ask the questions, “However whose fault was it? Who led them on? Why did God permit such a horrible factor to occur?” to which the opposite women coaching to be handmaids replied, “Her fault,” “She did,” “Educate her a lesson,” (72). Janine burst into tears and stated, “It was my fault…It was my very own fault. I led them on. I deserved the ache,” (72). This half makes me very indignant as a result of it's so tousled. How can anybody say younger lady deserved to be raped, and by a couple of individual? That is without doubt one of the sickest logics I've ever seen. This exhibits the way in which girls had been portrayed. Every part is their fault; males don't have any blame over their actions, and are by no means at unsuitable; girls are inferior to males.
There are lots of cases of irony on this part. The primary occasion is when the Commander reads from the Bible proper earlier than the “ceremony” with Offred. He reads, “Blessed be the poor in spirit…Blessed are the merciful. Blessed be the meek. Blessed be the silent…Blessed be people who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” (89). Although these phrases themselves should not ironic, the irony is that the phrases from the Bible, which are supposed to give peace and luxury to individuals, are the phrases which are giving girls a lot ache and mistreatment. One other occasion of irony is when Aunt Lydia tells the handmaids-in-training that they “you’re getting the most effective…you might be spoiled women,” (89). These “spoiled women” are raped as soon as a month and are compelled to surrender their infants to a different mom. The worst half is that many individuals truly imagine that these items are proper, when they're clearly merciless.