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discover that Ofglen was replaced with another woman. She tries to find out if this Ofglen is a member of the resistance, but the new Ofglen tells her to “clear her mind of such echoes.” Offred recognizes this as a warning, and then the new Ofglen tells her that the old Ofglen hanged herself when the Eyes came to arrest her. This terrifies Offred and she starts to fear for her safety. The main protagonist in this novel is Offred. In the second half of the novel she starts to become much more acquiescent concerning her life in Gilead, and once she begins her affair with Nick she longers dreams of escaping this oppressive society, only on surviving it. In the second half of The Handmaid’s Tale, the Republic of Gilead remains to be the overall main antagonist of the story. It does not change much from the first half of the story and still consistently subjugates and forces both men and women into roles through intimidation and violent acts. The novel reaches its end when a group of Eyes (Gilead’s secret police) arrive at the Waterford residence to detain Offred. Nick whispers that she should go with them and says that they are part of Mayday and implies he is too. Offred considers the fact that Nick may be an Eye, but nonetheless goes willingly. Serena Joy appears in the hallway and demands to know what she has done, and the men say that Offred has been charged with the "violation of state secrets." Offred follows the Eyes outside to a van, and enters into the darkness of van. Whatever happens to Offred after this we never know. Margaret Atwood leaves us with an uneasy tone at the end of the story as she leaves Offred’s fate ambiguous.
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Yusuf 3 Overall, I finished The Handmaid’s Tale feeling quite satisfied. What allured me most about the story was the harsh realism and how the catalysts surrounding the founding of Gilead are quite prevalent in our society today. It demonstrates how we as a society must make a plan for the future and come together in order to ensure a better future for the next generation. Works Cited Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale . 1986.
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