Offred

The narrator is a female character who actually doesn't have a name at all. She is once called as Offred, but she immediately discards that name, saying that she has another one which is forbidden to tell everyone. One of the reasons why she is left nameless is that she represents each woman who experiences discrimination.

The narrator is 33 years old; she has brown hair and "viable ovaries." The last feature sounds weird, but it symbolizes that women were perceived as bodies to give birth and nothing more. During her life, she experienced bad situations because her husband died and her daughter is not with her. The only thing left is hope in the future, but she still moans about her lost family a lot.

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Offred Quotes

When I get out of here, if I’m ever able to set this down, in any form, even in the form of one voice to another, it will be a reconstruction then too, at yet another remove. It’s impossible to say a thing exactly the way it was, because what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out, there are too many parts, sides, crosscurrents, nuances; too many gestures, which could mean this or that, too many shapes which can never be fully described, too many flavors, in the air or on the tongue, half-colors, too many. But

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