For anyone, having some relationship or communication is necessary. And although they are forbidden from this form of communication, Offred and the other handmaids find ways of sharing stories and experiences:
We learned to whisper almost without sound. In the semidarkness we would stretch out our arms, when the Aunts weren't looking, and touch each other's hands across space. We learned to lip-read, our heads flat on the beds, turned sideways, and watching each other's mouths (4).
The handmaids talk to each other in order to keep alive basic human to human relationships. Without these interactions, these women would be very lonely, in a very tough time, without this contact these women would not ever be comforted. Offred also says how important storytelling is to her:
I would like to believe this is a story I'm telling. I need to believe it. I must believe it. Those who can believe that such stories are only stories have a better chance. If it's a story I'm telling, then I have control over the ending. Then there will be an ending, to the story, and real life will come after it. I can pick up where I left off (39).
This shows that Offred sees her writing as a rebellion to Gilead, even if she is writing to no one. Gilead tries to keep all women quiet, but her writing this book,... [continues]
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