Silence and Powerlessness: is Offred’s voice powerful?

Read Rebecca Solnit’s article ‘Silence and Powerlessness: Women’s Voices Must Be Heard’ published in The Guardian (8 March 2017) and consider her point about the power of speaking up and being listened to.

Solnit says, ‘A free person tells her own story.’  How free is Offred to tell her own story?

How freely does Offred share her story with others?

What purpose does telling her story serve Offred?  Consider her intention and motivation.

Is Offred’s account powerful?

Is her account a case of a voice speaking up and yet going unheard?

What do you think Atwood wants her audience to consider, given the way the novel ends?

 

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