Offered’s Lost of Identity
The main character of this book is Offered, one of the faceless many of the new Republic of Gilead. Each day she is removed farther and farther from her true self, to a complete no one. Expected to feel nothing, think nothing, and want nothing, she is used only as an instrument to bear children.
Throughout the book, the narrator often speaks with a numbed tone despite all the horrifying ordeals she has seen and experienced. Although her offhand comment to herself are presented in a slight bitter and humorous manner, she must learn to hide this from others in order to survive. It seems that the more she tries to cover up her true self, the more she forgets about how life used to be for her. She finds it odd that she used to dress as the Japanese tourist used to dress; yet it was only three years prior that she had the freedom to do so. She even admits to herself that she has been erased from the memory of her daughter, and that to her little girl she doesn’t even exist anymore. To protect herself in her new world, she is forced to hide beneath a submissive, obedient, and mindless mask, yet more and more each day, the mask becomes her real face. When revolution occurred in the United States, the narrator was not yet known as Offered. Only after they relinquished her job, family, and past, and she no longer had much of an identity left, did they finally remove her name. With a name comes a person’s identity, and even though everything else has been taken away from them, a person always has the well being of their individuality. However, with the removal of her name and the placement of one such as ‘Offered’, it can cause one to think of themselves as insignificance. The significance of such as name as Offered (meaning ‘Of Fred’) further removes all the human aspect of having a name, and motivates others (and yourself) to think of yourself as property. “A machine to have...
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