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Handmaid's Tale

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S: T H E H A N D M A I D ' S T A L E

FC: The Handmaid's Tale Written By Margaret Atwood Novel Project for ENG101H - Melissa Ritts

1: FLOWER | GARDEN | BEAUTY | COLORUL | Serena Joy | wife bitterness arthritis | FRAGRENCE | GREEN GRASS | SPRING | Serena Joy had beautiful gardens and she would sit in them all summer long. Offred would often walk past her to shop and return. Page 12.

2: "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" | Closet | Carving | Secrets | Imagination | Prayer? | Hiding place | "What does it mean?" | Scream | Who was she? | Offred found these words carved into the floorboard in her closet. She clung to these words as a sign of hope even though she had no idea what they meant. | She uses this phrase through the book. First time is page 52. Last page is 292.

3: ALL FLESH | All Flesh is where Ofglen and Offred traded their tokens for meats. The sign in the book is shaped like a "pork chop" with no words on it. Page 27. | Chicken | Steak | Pork | Offred and Ofglen both carry baskets when they go shopping to put their goods in. Page 26. | Eggs Milk | Shopping | Oranges are not always available. | Fresh bread | Carrots | Radishes made into flowers | Fish

4: Ofglen and Offred walked by the church almost every time they went shopping. Page 30. | It was generally Ofglen who wanted to walk by the church on the way home. It also gave both of them longer away from their "homes". Page 30 | Faith | Forbidden Religion | The time before | Gilead Forced Beliefs

5: University | Each time they would walk to the market, they would pass the university. It is the same university that Offred went to in the time before Gilead. Page 30. | Dormitory | Learning | Salvaging | Reeducation

6: The brick wall was used to display war criminals as a deterrent to others. They would hang the bodies from hooks on the wall. It was not common knowledge of what they had done, but they were displayed all the same. Page 32. | Steel question marks | Hatred | Scorn | Anachronisms | Criminals

7: Handmaids were there to reproduce only. They were not given such luxuries as body lotions, perfumes, or make up. Offred would hide her butter from dinner and smooth it on her skin in secret. Page 96. | Moisturizer | Natural | Secret | Napkin | Shoe | Private Ceremonies

8: The Commander called on Offred to meet him late in the evening in his study - a forbidden meeting. His wish was for her to play Scrabble with him. | Page 138. | Let him win | Hat tilted to the side | Secret sign | Nick helped

9: In return for her "services" of playing Scrabble with him, the Commander granted lotion to Offred. It had to be unscented and secret. He kept it hidden in his study for her use. | Page 158. | Hand lotion | Sneaky | Hidden Indulgence | Forbidden Vanity | He laughed at the request. | Plain

10: Serena Joy said she would set up a rendezvous with Nick in order for Offred to get pregnant. The Commander might have issues and Offred's time was running out. She gave Offred a cigarette. Handmaids were not allowed to smoke because of their purpose in society. Nothing bad for them was allowed. Page 206. | Smoke | Offred smoked in the time before

11: Fire | Secrets | Defiance | Serena Joy granted Offred a cigarette for agreeing to meet with Nick to attempt to get pregnant. She told Offred to ask Rita for a match to light her cigarette. Page 206 | Danger | "She said I could have one"

12: Offred's daughter. Serena Joy got a picture of her to show Offred after she agreed to be with Nick. Page 206. | Mourning | Missing her | Taken | Sadness | Love | Wondering | Anger | Daughter

13: A "FAITH" pillow was one of the few things she was allowed in her room. She looks at it and refers to it often. At times it seems to be one thing that keeps Offred going. Page 57. | Faith | Family | Friends | Hard Cushion | 2. Pillow

14: The commander got out a magazine for Offred on their second night of Scrabble games. It was his way of rewarding her for taking the risk to be there. It was also taboo for the Commander to have the magazine at all. | Page 156 | Forbidden possessions | He watched her read it, smiling. | Words!!! | Pictures from the time before | 1. Vogue Cover

15: 1. Vogue Magazine cover used from https://magazine.vogue.com/ecom/subscribe.jsp?oppId=4400069&mbid=cm_atg_paidsem_yahoo_campaign&tgt=paidkw_&emailList=yahoo_sem | 2. Picture of Pillow used from http://www.frontgate.com/jump.jsp?itemType=PRODUCT&itemID=27113&k=ZZ50869 | Pictures Cited

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