Looking at the first twelve chapters of The Handmaid(TM)s Tale, how qualified do you feel Offred is to be the heroine of the tale?

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Looking at the first twelve chapters of The Handmaid's Tale, how qualified do you feel Offred is to be the heroine of the tale?

The definition of a hero has failed to ever be determined, and as such is purely ambiguous. As well as this, the application of the term 'hero' is relative to the context in which it is used, and by whom. For example, The Talmud defines a hero as 'one who conquers his urges', which is the precise goal of the dystopian oligarchy within Gilead, portrayed in The Handmaid's Tale. Conversely, Simon Weil said that 'to be a hero or heroine, one must give an order to oneself.' This is more in keeping with the traditional view of a hero as an individual, and is an idea that Offred feels will maintain her identity. This is shown by her desire to systematically search her room in sections: 'I divided the rooms into sections, in my head; I allowed myself one section a day.' However, this may serve to actually weaken Offred's position as heroine of the novel, as her actions pale in comparison to the dramatic and bold conduct of Moira when she escapes from the Red Center. From a purely physical and measurable perspective, the reader is tempted to classify Moira as the novel's heroine. Within the setting of the novel, however, the heroine would be considered to be Janine: 'she's a flag on a hilltop, showing us what can still be done: we too can be saved'. However, this would only be from the viewpoint of the fully indoctrinated members of Gilead (who would concur with Joseph Campbell when he says that 'a hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself'); and as such it would be wrong to say that she is a traditional hero extolling the virtue of freedom.
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As no concrete definition of a hero is available, we must assume that the question refers to the traditional fairy-tale hero, who strives against the odds for the principle of benefiting others, often risking loss of their own freedom, or even their lives. However, this designation also presents a key problem - the question of acting in order to benefit others. By this same logic, Gilead was founded on the basis of extreme utilitarianism, that is to say, to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Following this line of thought leads to the conclusion ...

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