Handmaid's tale

Handmaid's tale - Brian Fairlie English Red Symbolism...

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1Brian Fairlie 4/3/06 English Handmaid’s Tale Red Symbolism In the story, The Handmaid’s Tale , the color red comes to symbolize several different things. It is displayed prominently in a variety of ways throughout the story, such as the habits the maids wear. Even the main character’s name, Offred, contains the word red, and such is certainly not an accident. The color represents the bad and the even worse aspects of the Republic of Gilead. In the Republic of Gilead, the handmaids have to wear red habits, gloves, and red shoes. These represent the blood, both of life and fertility and of death. The maids are expected to conceive a child with their Commander, if they do not, they run the risk of being banished. For without the ability to conceive, they are valueless in society. The color red may also represent sexual indecency, considering that these men are married and these women are basically mistresses (though they are somewhat forced into sexual intercourse). The wives of the commanders seem bitter or jealous toward the handmaids, such as
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