S: Seasons of Change
FC: The Handmaid's Tale | By: Nael M. Ahmed
2: Family | This was the type of sign Offred's mother was seen holding at a protest. | "Now My mother is moving forward, she's smiling, laughing, they all move forward, and now they're raising their fists in the air." | ""Aged Primipara"... That's what they call you when it's your first baby over thirty... | This represents how offred's mother believed she can be a single mother while in the ages of thirties | This is the television offred and her mother used to watch shows on | "She tried to explain it to me afterwards... but to me it was only a story."
3: Friendships | Even though all were standing in a line, these were all handmaids that are against the system | "There is an us then, there's a we. I knew it. | "This is the first time I've ever seen Ofglen's eyes... her face oval, pink, plump but not fat..." | This is how Offred imagines ofglen's face | This is offred and moira acting like they don't know each other | "Friendships were suspicious, we knew it, we avoided each other during the mealtime line-ups in the cafeteria and in the halls between classes."
4: Abuse | "It was feet they'd do, for a first offense. The used steel cables,.. After that the hands." | This is a type of steel cable the Aunts used to torture the handmaids | "Serena Joy grips my hands as if... she finds it either pleasurable or painful..."
5: "They grab a man who is walking along... slam him back against the black side of the van...They pick him up and heave him into the back of the van like a sack of mail." | This is an example of the gentle way the man may have been put in the back of the van
6: The Commander's House | ""I'd like you to play a game of Scrabble with me," he says." | This is how everything went when offred was called into the commander's room one morning | This represents the time when offred was required to be with the commander and his wife in bed together | "But isn't this everyone's wet dream, two women at once?" | This represents the kiss between the commander and offred | "I want you to kiss me."
7: The Ceremony | " | This represents all the handmaids being able to watch television while awaiting the Commander | "...we always get her on time, he;s always late, Serena always lets us watch the news." | Representation of Serena Joy when listening to the commander reading the bible | "Serena has begun to cry. I can hear her, behind my back. It isn't the first time. She always does this, the might of the Ceremony." | "I lie on my back, fully clothed except for the healthy white cotton underdrawers." | This represents when offred is called into the commanders room to continue the ceremony