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What roles do you think Moira plays in the handmaid's tale?

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GCSE Margaret Atwood

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What roles do you think Moira plays in the handmaid's tale?

Moira is a strong and independent woman who is not like other handmaids and therefore has a vast array of roles through out the play. Moira is an autonomous woman who rejects the responsibility and job of the handmaid and as a result of this the narrator uses her proper name.

Moira allows the narrator to express her feelings so the reader can see her from different angles and see her different characteristics. One of Moira's main features is her rebelliousness, which the reader sees through the past, present and the future. For example when Moira and Offred where both in college, Moira was the one who wanted to go out, have a good time. She wanted Offred to come with her even though she knew that she was expected to hand in an assignment the next day "I had a paper due the next day". She rebelled against the system in college she did the opposite of what was expected from her. Even when she was brought into the centre where they train all the handmaids she was wearing jeans, she stood out from the

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