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What contribution to the novel is made by the character Moira?

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What contribution to the novel is made by the character Moira? Moira is a main influential character throughout the novel especially to Offred. During this novel I am going to look at the importance of Moira and her as a character, focusing on her opinions, rebellions and her relationship with Offred. Also how the role in Gilead leads to her feministic actions to escape to a better place that most women only fantasize about. As Offred's best friend from college, Moira is an opinionated, strong lesbian and a dependable feminist. She is an important symbol that embodies female resourcefulness and independence. This is seen through her defiant nature contrasts so obviously with the behaviour of the other women in the novel whom simply let Gilead society rule them blocking out their own opinions and freedom. Margaret Atwood chooses a character like Offred to be the narrator as she is simple and average women who is appreciative of past times whilst lacking imagination. ...read more.

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In Offred's flashbacks, Moira also embodies female resistance to Gilead as she is a lesbian, which means that she rejects male-female sexual interactions, the only kind that Gilead values. This is why because of these objections she is the character in the novel whom everyone idolise as she continuously rebels and she tries escapes giving hope for others which they are scared to achieve themselves. For Moira's first attempt at escaping from the Centre, she is beaten with steel cables on both of her feet and the other handmaids have to carry her because she can't walk. This enables the Aunts to warn everyone that they are very honest about their willingness to use violence to accomplish their goals as we see when it is said, "Remember. For our purposes your feet and your hands are not essential." This surprises both Offred and Moira as they are unaware how well respected the Aunts are. They feel this because from before Moira explains, "What I didn't know of course was that in those early days the Aunts and even the Re-education Centre was hardly common knowledge. ...read more.

Conclusion

In that brown outfit I just walked right through. I kept on going as if I knew where I was heading, till I was out of sight. I didn't have any great plan; it wasn't an organized thing, like they thought..." Even though this leaves the reader and the Handmaids with and idolised and influential image of this woman this changes as the reader soon sees. Later, Offred encounters Moira working as a prostitute in a club for the Commanders. At the club, Moira seems resigned to her fate, which shows that Gilead society can grind down and crush even the most resourceful and independent people. Moira is a key feminist idol to not only Offred but to most handmaids that know her throughout the book. The imagery and sense that Margaret Atwood portraying her to be a breath of fresh air is a symbolic image of a best friend from Offred's better time. She is a strong character throughout with high opinion and believes that freedom will be restored however in the end Moira's spirit is also grinded down, destroyed by a controlled society. ...read more.

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