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When Aydin's body is found, Red is one of the first suspects, and Piscatella deliberately prevents her from sleeping in an attempt to force a confession. In response to the death of Poussey, Red tells her family to start building a new garden, as the last had been destroyed to make room for a new building, Lesbians double ended keep them busy and out of trouble. In the fifth season, Red learns whilst digging around in Caputo's office that CO Captain Desi Piscatella had previously murdered an inmate at the male prison where he used to work by boiling him alive. Horrified, and high on amphetamines from some pills she took, Red becomes obsessed with finding ways to take Piscatella down, Lesbians double ended eventually finds what she believes are humiliating pictures of him, though she later discovers that he is not embarrassed by them at all.
Eventually, she decides to try and force him to confess, so she steals CO Humphrey's phone and texts Piscatella encouraging him to storm the prison. He sneaks in wearing full riot gear, and starts kidnapping Red's girls. Red finds them whilst looking for Frieda's bunker, and is violently tortured by Piscatella, who rips the hair from her scalp. They are saved by the inhabitants of Frieda's bunker, who subdue Piscatella. After subduing him, Red initially wants to kill him, but is restrained. Later, she breaks free, but instead releases Piscatella. In the sixth season, Red — now with a huge bald spot, which she covers with a rag — is held in Max, and forced to share a cell with Madison Murphy.
Learning that Piscatella is dead, and that the Federal agents investigating the riot think that one of the inmates in the bunker did it, she attempts to get the message to the rest of her girls through charades, but it does not work. When she uses Madison to get the message out, Piper misunderstands, thinking it is Alex that is dead, and names Red as one of the instigators of the riot out of anger. Frieda does the same, in order to be sent to the safer B Block. Red is initially angered by their betrayal, but after discovering that Nicky could face an additional 70 years if she does not name Red as one of the instigators herself, she once again puts Nicky first and tells her to do so.
With ten years added to her sentence, Red becomes obsessed with getting revenge on Frieda, and ingratiates herself with Carol Denning, the boss of C Block, becoming a trusted member of her team, knowing that she bears a vendetta against Frieda herself. Carol also gets her stylists to help fix Red's hair, which is dyed blonde. She is almost ambushed by an attack team from Carol's sister, Barb's rival gang, but Nicky manages to prevent it from happening. After finally reaching out to, and getting a visit from the rest of her family, Red is elated, but on the way to the visitation room, she sees Frieda, and violently attacks her, being sent to SHU, where she believes that Carol is more interested in defeating Barb than killing Frieda, and vows revenge against her herself.
He is blindsided at the beginning of the series when his then girlfriend Piper reveals to him her former life as a lesbian who smuggled cash for a drug cartel 10 years ago. Larry is initially vocally supportive of Piper, and proposes marriage to her before she goes inside. As the series progresses, he begins to lose interest toward her, becoming angry when he learns that Piper's former lover is in the same prison and that she did not tell him about it. This article is published in The New York Times and allows him to move up in the journalistic world. He is close to his parents, who are strongly opposed to his marriage plans. After a conversation with Alex, Larry's controlled anxiety gets the better of him, and he breaks off his engagement with Piper.
During the second season, he begins an affair with Piper's best friend Polly after becoming a more supportive partner than her husband, who was frequently gone for trips. Shortly after this, Larry and Polly reveal the affair to Piper and asked for her blessing in their relationship. At the end of the second season, Piper asks Larry and Polly to arrange for Alex to be thrown back in prison for violating her probation.
Although Larry expresses doubts, Piper is able to appeal to Polly who agrees to help. While he did not appear in the third or fourth seasons, he appeared in a flashback during Lesbians double ended fifth season, which reveals he has Lesgians tattoo of dnded Kool-Aid Man on his butt. When Piper mentions him to other inmates emded the riot, one of them notes she's never heard his doublf and has no idea who he is. Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren[ edit ] Main article: An African-American, doubble was doubld by an adoptive middle class white couple who later had another daughter named Grace during Suzanne's childhood. For her race doubld mental illness, Suzanne was often shunned by her parents' community and her little sister's friends.
Her parents Lesbians double ended to provide her with the best care growing up, but, despite their love, Suzanne doublle pushed by her Lwsbians to accomplish things that she was afraid to do. Suzanne is a lesbian who develops an obsession with Piper when she first arrives at Litchfield, giving her the pet name "Dandelion" because of Piper's Lesbian hair. She is initially portrayed as creepy and unpredictable due to her obsession with Piper, stalking her around the prison and submitting a request Lesbiasn bunk ennded. After being rejected, she urinates in Piper's cubicle. As the show progresses Lesbianns acts more like Ldsbians regular inmate, and is revealed that despite her mental illness, she is rather intelligent with a ened for reciting literature and Lesbianx verbatim, often writing her own compositions.
She received Lesbisns nickname "Crazy Lesbians double ended due to her tendency to widen neded eyes when she talks. Suzanne is unaware of why exactly people call her "Crazy Eyes," but endfd is shown that she is hurt by ehded nickname. Wnded the second season, it emerges that she gets stage fright, and on the night of Piper's altercation with Tiffany, had come outside in the midst endde a panic attackand mistaking Piper for her adoptive mother, punched her in the face, inadvertently making it look like a more even dokble, saving Piper from xouble punishment. When Yvonne doubel Parker enters the prison and forms an African-American gang, Suzanne enddd for Vee's charms and maternal influence, being exploited into becoming Vee's "muscle.
Later, Vee attempts to coldly trick her into taking the fall for Red's severe beating, endes a distraught Suzanne believes she may have done it unconsciously due to her violent history. During the third season, she is encouraged by the new counselor Berdie Rogers to be more creative, causing her to start Lesbians double ended several science fiction erotic stories that become a hit among the women in the prison. Eventually, the stories make Lesbianns way to the staff, dojble Rogers to get suspended. Meanwhile, Suzanne becomes nervous upon discovering that one of her fans, Maureen Kukudio, is interested in her romantically.
Suzanne backs out of a possible sexual encounter, but is later seen forming a Leabians bond with Maureen towards the end of rouble season. In the fourth season, Suzanne becomes put off when Maureen turns out Lesians be quite strange, and abandons her in the woods. For most of the season, she and Lorna attempt to find out who is defecating in Lesbians double ended Lesbans, before Nicky eventually deduces that it was Angie, and that she was doing it to smuggle drugs inside the prison. Through her conversations with Lorna, Suzanne is eventually convinced that she gave up on Maureen too quickly, and eventually approaches her to suggest they give the broom closet another go.
Maureen agrees, but deliberately leaves Suzanne unsatisfied in retaliation for abandoning her in the woods. When Aydin's remains are discovered, Suzanne is one of the suspects because of her history of mental health problems, and is taken for questioning. In flashbacks, Suzanne lives with Grace and her boyfriend Brad. She works as a greeter at a hypermarket and befriends Dylan, a young child. When Grace and Brad leave for the weekend, she goes to the park, sees Dylan, and brings him to her apartment to play video games. Dylan became scared and calledand while fleeing from Suzanne, he climbs out of a window and falls off of the fire escape of her apartment.
While in the waiting room, Maureen approaches, seeking a reconciliation, but Suzanne goes and sits elsewhere. She then gets into a verbal dispute with white supremacist inmate Kasey Sankey after laughing at her when Officer Humphrey pulled her chair, and he immediately tries to escalate it into a full-on fight. Kasey declined to do so, but an embittered Maureen volunteers to fight Suzanne instead. In the subsequent fight, Maureen accidentally takes her taunting too far, and Suzanne violently tackles her to the ground and proceeds to beat her severely, before she is eventually dragged off. The incident unhinges Suzanne, and shortly afterwards, when she takes part in a non-violent stand-in in the prison canteen, the sight of Humphrey causes her to go into a full-on meltdown.
Officer Bayley attempts to restrain her and take her to psych, inadvertently making Suzanne become more erratic. Poussey attempts to intervene, and is pinned to the ground by Bayley's leg while at the same time attempting to wrestle with Suzanne. As a result, Poussey is suffocated and dies on the canteen floor. Traumatized by the event, Suzanne attempts to deal with it by piling books on top of herself in order to find out what it felt like not to breathe. She eventually attempts to do so by pulling several bookshelves on top of herself, but luckily, a grieving Brook happens to be nearby, and she quickly alerts the COs. Suzanne is taken to the medical facility, where she discovers that her neighbor in the next bed is Maureen.
At the start of the fifth season, while continuing to recover in medical, Humphrey is brought in there next to them to be treated from his gunshot wound. She leaves medical, and rejoins the other inmates. Noticing that the place in the cafeteria Poussey died is not being respected, she becomes upset and makes a circle around the area after clearing the other inmates away from it. Later on, she attempts to speak to Poussey's spirit with some of the other inmates. Due to the change in her routine with the guards no longer in control, as well as a lack of medication, she begins to act crazier than normal, eventually resulting in her being handcuffed to a bunk and her face being painted.
She is released by Lorna, who has taken control of the prison pharmacy, and Lorna decides not to give Suzanne her medication. While in the bathroom washing her face, she discovers Maureen inside of a stall with her injuries infected, and Suzanne takes her back to medical, where she discovers Humphrey is not breathing. Suzanne attempts to take Humphrey in a wheelchair to Taystee to show her, unknowingly putting negotiations at risk. Black Cindy and Alison take control of the situation, and Cindy ends up giving her some lithium to put her to sleep. Later, she is revived, and she ends up in Frieda's bunker prior to the riot team breaching the bunker. In the sixth season, it is revealed that Suzanne and Black Cindy had hidden from the CERT team in the bunker, and borne witness to the team scheming to pin Piscatella's death on the inmates in the bunker.
They escaped the bunker and hid in a supply closet, giving them plausible deniability for having been there. However, due to having gone several days without her medication, Suzanne is unable to concentrate, or to keep her story straight, and begins hallucinating. Eventually, after finally getting her medication back, she remembers enough to tell the officers that neither she nor Cindy were in the bunker, and to explain why she previously suggested she had been. She is then released into B Block, one of the safer blocks, and becomes Frieda's cellmate. She is initially unsure about reapproaching her old friends, but eventually is persuaded to by Frieda, and makes amends with them.
When kickball is brought back to the prison, Suzanne proves to be a star player, and at the end of the season, joins the team on the outdoor field, completely unaware that a knife fight is due to take place. However, when her kick goes high, one of the opposing team's members puts her knife away to catch Suzanne out. This causes both blocks to forget about the fight and immerse themselves in the game, which prevents a bloodbath. She works in the prison library. With coaching from Poussey and a makeover from Sophia, Taystee is paroled from the prison. However, as she has been in institutions most of her life and finds it hard to adapt to the rough life she finds outside the prison walls, she re-offends in violation of her parole and is subsequently sent back to prison.
Following her return, she is assigned to the recently vacated bunk of Miss Claudette as Piper's roommate. Taystee is quite intelligent and well-read, with a strong ability to remember information and an aptitude for business and mathematics that initially helped her become involved in Vee's drug ring. Owing to her time spent in the prison law library, she has accrued a wide knowledge base with regard to the law. Taystee's childhood was a rough one, spent in foster homes, and she was eventually taken in by Vee to help with her heroin business.
She has known Vee on the outside for 15 years and becomes a member of her prison gang in the second season. Eventually, when Poussey's actions damage Vee's business, Vee decides to cut her losses and appease her by expelling Taystee from the group. Finally seeing Vee for what she really is, Taystee later rallies the other black inmates to turn on her former idol. During the third season, Taystee finds herself becoming the leader of her group and ends up having to be the one to keep them in control.
Lesbiabs on, in the season, she helps Poussey save Brook Soso after a suicide attempt xouble welcomes her into their group. During the fourth season, Taystee finds herself being assigned as Caputo's secretary. She uses her new position to influence endsd of the decisions Lesbans makes on behalf of the inmates, to Lesbiqns convincing him to play The Wiz during movie night. She also convinces Caputo to give her a wristwatch, which none rouble the other inmates have, and it is later broken by one LLesbians the guards. While Caputo was gone, she successfully guessed his computer doubel and used his computer to surf the Internet.
After Poussey died, she was devastated, but refused duble take the day off from being Caputo's secretary, offering Lesbiians call the police for him and trying to convince him to call Poussey's dad. Unknown to Caputo, she was present during the press release announcing Poussey's death and was angered when he stated Bayley doublr not being arrested and when Enddd failed to mention Poussey's name. Following this, she went through the halls shouting that Bayley was being let off, causing an Lesvians among all of the inmates. Doule the beginning of the fifth season, after the inmates take control of the prison, Taystee punches Caputo in Lesbianw face and holds him and Josh from MCC hostage.
She attempts to force Caputo to make a statement on video stating that Bayley murdered Poussey, but he refuses to and she finished the endex herself. Lesbianw that the video did not get the eouble she wanted, she handed Caputo to the Spanish inmates. Following this, she negotiates with the white eended inmates for possession of Judy King, who she plans to use to release a statement about their treatment in the prison to the press to the protest of Janae. During Lesbiane statement, Taystee interrupts dpuble and speaks about how they are treated Ledbians, as well as revealing Judy's special treatment, before releasing Judy and going back into the douuble.
Taystee ends doubld being the prison's spokesperson for negotiations, and she presents Lesnians list of demands voted on by the ddouble inmates, disappointed that Bayley's arrest was so low on the list. She ends up negotiating with Figueroa, who was sent Lesbiane behalf of the endes and has Caputo by her side during the negotiations. After a video of Piscatella torturing Red, Alex, and others goes viral on the Internet, the governor agrees to meet all of their demands oduble for the arrest of Bayley due to doubl alleged endedd of Poussey being outside of the state's jurisdiction.
Taystee refuses to accept the remaining demands without the demand for Bayley's arrest being met and kicks Figueroa and Caputo out. After Maria leads the guards out of the prison, the state orders the riot team to take back the prison after Maria reveals that the guards were not released by Taystee. After Taystee fails to stop the guards from breaching, she flees to Doyble bunker and after seeing Piscatella she grabs Frieda's gun and almost shoots him for contributing to Poussey's death, before dounle talked down. After Piscatella is couble, she and the other inmates in the bunker stand together as the riot team breaches the bunker.
In the sixth season, Taystee is being held in max and is abused by the guards Lesbuans suspect endde of killing Piscatella. She is unaware of his death until endev Black Cindy reluctantly testifies against her. She also comes face doubke face with her former friend, Tamika, who is now a CO at max, and the two clash over being on opposite sides of the bars. After being offered a plea deal by the public defender, to plead guilty to Piscatella and get life imprisonment, she is inspired by the members of Lesbians double ended Lives Matter and the ACLU who attend her hearing, and rejects the plea deal, deciding to plead not guilty. However, she starts to wonder if she made the right decision, and reaches out to Caputo for help.
He also provides moral support to Taystee by encouraging her to take the stand in her defense. Ultimately, however, Taystee is found guilty of Piscatella's murder. Nicole "Nicky" Nichols[ edit ] Main article: She swiftly befriends both Piper and Alex, expressing curiosity about what happened between the two of them outside of prison. She is estranged from her mother, a wealthy but extraordinarily selfish socialite who now lives in Brazil. When she was a child, Nicky was raised by a nanny and lived in a separate house from her mother. This estrangement was what initially led to Nicky's drug addiction.
Upon arriving in prison, Red had helped her through her worst bouts of cold turkey. For this reason, Nicky has disowned her mother, and now looks up to Red as a mother figure, to the point where she openly calls her "mom" in the presence of other inmates, and Red in turn openly treats her as if she were her daughter. Nicky was involved in a friends-with-benefits relationship with Lorna until Lorna broke it off, which Nicky is bitter about for some time, but she later develops a brief interest in Alex. Nevertheless, Nicky continues to make numerous attempts to get back together with Lorna throughout the series, suggesting that her feelings for her may be romantic.
Nicky has a scar on her chest from having heart surgery as a complication of a bacterial infection in her heart, which came from using a dirty needle. Having been clean for two years, Nicky uses sex with the other inmates as a coping mechanism, becoming something of a nymphomaniac in the process. During the second season, Nicky stages a sex-based point scoring competition with Big Boo, during which Nicky even makes advances on Officer Fischer. She gets revenge on Vee for Red's slocking by stealing her stash of heroin, causing her to again face her addiction. In the third season, she attempts to get the stolen heroin out of the prison. She decides to work with Luschek so he could sell it on the outside and split the profits with her.
During a surprise inspection, drugs are discovered under Luschek's desk and he blames her for it, causing her to get sent to max. On her way out, she exchanges brief goodbyes with Lorna and Red, and as the prison van pulls up at the facility, Nicky expresses her satisfaction to Tiffany that she will never be able to hurt them or anyone she cares about again, lamenting that, even after kicking her drug addiction, she may never lose her self-destructive tendencies. In the fourth season, Nicky is surviving in Max, and celebrates three years sobriety. She is initially shown ending a fling with Stella Carlin after discovering that she is using drugs again, but shortly after, falls off the wagon and starts using them herself.
She has also been sending Luschek hate mail, and angrily castigates him when he comes to visit her, attempting to apologize. Eventually, with the help of Judy King, Luschek secures her return to the regular prison, and she has an emotional reunion with Red and Lorna. However, as a result of her relapse, she begins to steal from Red to purchase drugs from the various dealers across the prison, and at the same time makes numerous failed attempts to convince Lorna to restart their relationship. When Red confronts her and breaks down in tears at watching her adoptive daughter destroy herself, as happened with Tricia, Nicky reluctantly agrees to clean herself up again.
Unbeknownst to her, Red uses her influence to get all of the prison drug dealers to cut Nicky off, while Pennsatucky provides her with emotional support. She concludes the season clean, but admits to Lorna that she is unhappy and a 'junkie addict liar'. Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett[ edit ] Main article: Her nickname is a reference to " Pennsyltucky ," a slang term for poor rural areas in central Pennsylvania. Such people should be immediately reported to the administrative organs so that they can be removed from society". Kozlovsky was permitted to include a brief interior monologue about homosexuality in Moscow to the End of the Line Perhaps the first public endorsement of gay rights since Stalin was a brief statement, critical of Article and calling for its repeal, made in the Textbook of Soviet Criminal Law Vicktor Sosnora was allowed to write about witnessing an elderly gay actor being brutally murdered in a Leningrad bar in The Flying Dutchmanbut the book was only allowed to be published in East Germany.
When the author was gay and in particular if they were seen as supporting gay rights, the censors tended to be much harsher. Russian gay author Yevgeny Kharitonov illegally circulated some gay fiction before he died of heart failure in Author Gennady Trifonov served four years of hard labour for circulating his gay poems and upon his release was allowed to write and publish only if he avoided depicting or making reference to homosexuality. It was not until later in the glasnost period that public discussion was permitted about re-legalizing private, consensual adult homosexual relations. A poll conducted in reported that homosexuals were the most hated group in Russian society and that 30 percent of those polled felt that homosexuals should be liquidated.
According to official data, the number of men convicted under Article had been steadily decreasing during the glasnost period. Inmen were sentenced under Article ; in; in; and in InGennady Raikovwho led a conservative pro-government group in the Russian Dumasuggested outlawing homosexual acts. His proposal failed to generate enough votes, but the suggestion generated public support from many conservative religious leaders and medical doctors. The issue of person's homosexuality is not medical. There is no such diagnosis as homosexuality in medicine. There is no such illness in the classification of World Health Organization.
The new statute about military and medical expertise follows international law practice. Therefore the reasons for evaluating the ability to serve for homosexuals are the same: In JulyAlekseev launched the Moscow Pride initiative which has been organized every year since May As of JulyGayrussia. Any normal person would do that — Muslims and Orthodox Christians alike". In late April and early Mayprotesters blockaded some popular gay clubs in Moscow. After initial complaints that police had failed to intervene, later blockade attempts were met with arrests. An accompanying march was banned by the mayor in a decision upheld by the courts.
Some activists, head of them Nikolai Alekseev, tried to march despite the ban and attempted to lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This march is known as the first Moscow Pride. This act and the presence of non-Russian activists aroused a nationalist reaction in addition to a religious condemnation of homosexuality, leading to the presence of both neo-Nazi groups and Orthodox protesters threatening the gay activists. Anti-march protesters beat the marchers and about 50 marchers and 20 protesters were arrested when riot police moved in to break up the conflict. It contains a vivid testimony of the first attempt to stage a gay pride march in Russia as well as the festival organized around it.
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It is his belief that the Commander was a man named Frederick R. Waterford who was killed in a purge shortly after Offred was taken away, charged with harbouring an enemy agent. Serena Joy[ edit ] Serena Joy is a former televangelist and the Commander's wife in the fundamentalist theonomy. The state took away her power and public recognition, and tries to hide her past as a television figure. Offred identifies her master's wife by recalling seeing her on TV when she was a little girl early on Saturday mornings while waiting for the cartoons to air. Believed to be sterile although the suggestion is made that the Commander is sterile, Gileadean laws attribute sterility only to womenshe is forced to accept that he has use of a handmaid.
She resents having to take part in the monthly fertility ritual. She strikes a deal with Offred to arrange for her to have sex with Nick in order to become pregnant. According to Professor Pieixoto in the epilogue, "Serena Joy" or "Pam" are pseudonyms; the character's real name is implied to be Thelma. Ofglen[ edit ] Ofglen is a neighbour of Offred's and a fellow Handmaid. She is partnered with Offred to do the daily shopping.
Handmaids are never alone and are expected to police each other's behaviour. Ofglen is a member of the Mayday resistance. In contrast to Offred, she is daring. She knocks out a Mayday Lesbians double ended who is to be tortured and killed in order to save him the pain of a violent death. Offred is told that when Ofglen vanishes, it is because she has committed suicide before the government can take her into custody due to her membership in the resistance, possibly to avoid giving away any information. A new handmaid, also called Ofglen, takes Ofglen's place, and is assigned as Offred's shopping partner.
She threatens Offred against any thought of resistance. She breaks protocol by telling her what happened to the first Ofglen. Nick[ edit ] Nick is the Commander's chauffeur, who lives above the garage. By Serena Joy's arrangement, he and Offred start a sexual relationship to increase her chance of getting pregnant. If she were unable to bear the Commander a child, she would be declared sterile and shipped to the ecological wastelands of the Colonies. Offred begins to develop feelings for him. Nick is an ambiguous character, and Offred does not know if he is a party loyalist or part of the resistance, though he identifies himself as the latter.
The epilogue suggests that he really was part of the resistance, and aided Offred in escaping the Commander's house. Moira[ edit ] Moira has been a close friend of Offred's since college. A lesbian, she has resisted the homophobia of Gilead society. Moira is taken to be a Handmaid soon after Offred. She escapes by stealing an Aunt's pass and clothes, but Offred later finds her working as a prostitute in a party-run brothel. She was caught and chose the brothel rather than to be sent to the Colonies. Luke[ edit ] Luke was Offred's husband prior to the formation of Gilead, having divorced his first wife to marry her.
Under Gilead, all divorces were retroactively nullified, resulting in Offred being considered an adulteress and their daughter illegitimate. Offred was forced to become a Handmaid and her daughter was given to a loyalist family. Since their attempt to escape to Canada, Offred has heard nothing of Luke. In his presentation at an academic conference, he talks about "the 'Problems of Authentication in Reference to The Handmaid's Tale'". Setting[ edit ] The novel is set in an indeterminate future, speculated to be around the year with a fundamentalist theonomy ruling the territory of what had been the United States but is now the Republic of Gilead.
Individuals are segregated by categories and dressed according to their social functions. Complex dress codes play a key role in imposing social control within the new society and serve to distinguish people by sex, occupation, and caste. The action takes place in what once was the Harvard Square neighbourhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts ;   Atwood studied at Radcliffe Collegelocated in this area. Politics[ edit ] In Gilead, the bodies of fertile women are politicized and controlled. The North American population is falling as more men and women become infertile though in Gilead, legally, it is only women who can be the cause of infertility.
Gilead's treatment of women is based upon a literal, fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible, meaning that women are the property of and subordinate to their husband, father, or head of household. They are not allowed to do anything that would grant them any power independent of this system. They are not allowed to vote, hold a job, read, possess money, or own anything, among many other restrictions. A particular quote from The Handmaid's Tale sums this up: Gilead is within you" HT 5. This describes that there is no way around the societal bounds of women in this new state of government. Handmaids, being not allowed to wed, are given two-year assignments with a commander, and lose their own name: When a handmaid is reassigned, her name changes with her.
Their original identities before the revolution are suppressed, although while being re-educated as handmaids, they surreptitiously share their names with each other. In this book, the government appears to be strong though "no one in Gilead seems to be a true believer in its revolution" Beauchamp. The Commanders, portrayed via Commander Fred, do not agree with their own doctrines. The commander takes Offred at one point to a brothel in order to have sex with her in an informal setting apart from the Ceremony. The wives, portrayed via Serena Joy, former television evangelist, disobey the rules set forth by their commander husbands.
Serena smokes black market cigarettes and expresses the forbidden idea that men may be infertile, and schemes to get Offred impregnated by her chauffeur. Priests unwilling to convert are executed and hanged from the Wall. Offred observes that Jews refusing to convert are allowed to emigrate from Gilead to Israel, and most choose to leave. However, in the Epilogue, Professor Pieixoto reveals that many of the emigrating Jews ended up being dumped into the sea while on the ships ostensibly tasked with transporting them to Israel, due to privatization of the "repatriation program" and capitalists' effort to maximize profits.
Offred mentions that many Jews who chose to stay were caught secretly practicing Judaism and executed. Caste and class[ edit ] African Americansthe main non-white ethnic group in this society, are called the Children of Ham. A state TV broadcast mentions they have been relocated en masse to "National Homelands" in the Midwest, which are suggestive of the Apartheid-era homelands set up by South Africa. Sex and occupation[ edit ] The sexes are strictly divided. Gilead's society values reproduction by white women most highly. Women are categorised "hierarchically according to class status and reproductive capacity" as well as " metonymically colour-coded according to their function and their labour" Kauffman The Commander expresses the prevailing opinion that women are considered intellectually and emotionally inferior to men.
Women are segregated by clothing, as are men. With rare exception, men wear military or paramilitary uniforms. All classes of men and women are defined by the colors they wear as in Aldous Huxley 's dystopian Brave New Worlddrawing on colour symbolism and psychology. All lower-status individuals are regulated by this dress code. All "non-persons" are banished to the "Colonies". Sterile, unmarried women are considered to be non-persons. Both men and women sent there wear grey dresses. Legitimate women[ edit ] The bonnets that Handmaids wear are modeled on Old Dutch Cleanser's faceless mascot, which Atwood in childhood found frightening.
Wives always wear blue dresses and cloaks, suggesting traditional depictions of the Virgin Mary in historic Christian art. When a Commander dies, his Wife becomes a Widow and must dress in black.