Offred not fitting into society I have to write an essay talking about how Offred was outcasted from society/ felt she didn't fit into society, can somebody please give me some proofs/ideas to help...

Offred not fitting into society

I have to write an essay talking about how Offred was outcasted from society/ felt she didn't fit into society, can somebody please give me some proofs/ideas to help me get started? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To begin with, Offred does not fit into society because she expects more of herself.  She remembers a life when she expected a different future.  She is not pleased with her lot, to be a handmaid.  However, it seems to be a society where no one would fit in.  Offred is just more willing to complain about it, at least to the reader.

For proof you will want quotations.  Here is one from chapter 5.

"There is more than one kind of freedom...Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it." 

lucida | Student

Thank you! Can you also help me with finding how offred conforms to society? I can't find a quote that proves how she conforms, thanks alot btw, I really appreciate it! :)

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The Handmaid's Tale

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