18 thoughts on “Class Discussion #11: People’s Choice Posts for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ Parts XI-XV and “Historical Notes”

  1. Profile photo of KinaKina

    I agree with Penina when she wrote this

    I was so excited for Offred, though it was unclear of her future, she finally had some light of hope. Here last words in the novel were, “Whether this is my end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing: I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped” (295). Finally, she was risking everything for her daughter, her husband, her past life, because she was no longer the wimp that Moira always called her, but then again it’s not like she planned or decided this on her own, she was forced and ordered. Yet does it matter how this happened as long as there is a chance to escape such misery. I really appreciated how the author developed Offred towards the final pages, it is notable that Offred said, “I’m tired of this melodrama, I’m tired of keeping silent. There’s no one you can protect, your life has value to no one. I want it finished.” (293). Yes, finally Offred has evolved from somebody that was constantly treated like a, “two-legged wombs”, now she has a chance. The author doesn’t end the novel on a comforting, he makes the ending more realistic, I don’t know what will happen to the characters, all I can do is hope like Offred that everything will end on a happy note.  

    She said exactly what I feel and how I was thinking. I just pray that there will be a sequel to this story.

    https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/belli-f2017-eng2001/ray-of-hope/

     

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  2. Profile photo of PeninaPenina

    This week I chose Samuel’s blog. I liked that he wrote about Moira. She was definitely one of the more exciting and courageous characters in the novel.

    Moira is quite of a unique character to be in post-Gilead, she is capable. Before she left the center, the icing on the cake to tie Aunt Elizabeth like Christmas turkey was genius. Offred describe Moira had this courage that she lacked even going as far say it was heroism. Moira is a type of character that make this story feel alive from her action from trying to escape and her crazy actions.

    https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/belli-f2017-eng2001/moiras-greatness/

     

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  3. Profile photo of Jordan JPJordan JP

    My vote is for Daniel, No Excessive Feminist Sentimentality in The Handmaid’s Tale. I chose this post because it tackles some of the biggest misconceptions and ridiculous ideas in the world, and applies it to what’s going on in the novel, to see where it fits. Ex: Feminism & Male behavior. 

    “We guys are delicate creatures, testosterone-driven, power-seeking, as if in compensation for that which we do not have and cannot do. We make wars for our catharasis because we are unable to create life” ( Daniel 3 ). I don’t really have any solid opinions about this quote. I find myself agreeing and thinking it is complete nonsense at the same time. The only thing I can say about it is that after reading it, I immediately copied and pasted it into my notes, because I acknowledge it’s intensity and beauty. 

    https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/belli-f2017-eng2001/no-excessive-feminist-sentimentality-in-the-handmaids-tale/

     

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  4. Profile photo of Jeffrey LiangJeffrey Liang

    The blog post that I decided to choose is Sebastian’s blog. His blog made me think about how some women are extremely passive when it comes to them and their abusive relationship that they have with their significant other. Like the handmaids in the novel they accept anything that happens to them and make themselves believe that things will get better and that they will get better which is pretty close to the mentality that the handmaids have. The mentality that Offred has by the end of the novel, instead of being passive and just accepting the things that are happening to her she fought to live, to live the life she wanted and not a bird that is locked behind a cage by another. Just like Offred the women in a abusive relationship and fight for their lives and not accept their current conditions and expect them to improve later on. Nothing changes unless if you make it change.

    https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/belli-f2017-eng2001/the-acts-of-rebelling/

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  5. Profile photo of GemannaGemanna

    Reading through the few blogs on the final parts of The Handmaids Tale was actually fun as I got to see everyone’s mixed reactions towards that rather abrupt ending and the novels theme in general. Overall, Daniel’s post was absolutely truthful and full of candor as he talks on the existing theme of Feminism, and the absence of it within the women of Gilead. I just really liked the blog overall because it was full of his pure insight regarding the novel, not just a summarization. Daniel analyzes the hierarchy within the system of Gilead’s women, as Handmaids are oppressed and frowned upon by the women who are “above” them. Handmaids are simply wombs with legs and large red cloaks in the eyes of Serena Joy, The Aunts and basically everyone in the Gilead society.
     “The Aunts in “The Handmaid’s Tale” are the petty functionaries without whom The republic of Gilead would not have been possible: ‘Aunt Elizabeth standing by the double doors, arms folded, cattle prod hung on her belt, while Aunt Lydia strides along the rows of kneeling nightgowned women, hitting our backs, or feet or bums or arms lightly..’(194). The use of the word ‘cattle prod’ here is significant. The narrator used the word to emphasize the impersonal industrialization of human reproduction in Gilead..”,(Par 6).
     “The oppression and suffering in The Handmaid’s Tale is directed mainly at women, but the main oppressors are themselves mostly women: the Commander’s wives, the Aunts and the Marthas show scant compassion for their fellow women, who just happen to be Handmaids”,(Par 5).
     
    Really great job on the last reading response Daniel!
     If you haven’t read Daniels blog:

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    https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/belli-f2017-eng2001/no-excessive-feminist-sentimentality-in-the-handmaids-tale/

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  6. Profile photo of GemannaGemanna

    Hey Class, if anyone, (or Professor Belli), knows how to edit comments on Openlab, please message me with that information. For some reason my Peoples Choice posts end up containing an automated message after my comments.

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  7. Profile photo of blanca borquezblanca borquez

    In our final people’s choice for this novel, I want to pick Samuel’s blog. Moira’s Greatness, a subject that we did not discuss much, in which it would have been a nice conversation. Offred looked up to Moira, she even met Luke because of Moira. This woman is Offred’s best friend from her former life as well as her current one, even though they do not see each other anymore. The way that Offred always included Moira in her memories makes me think that she had played a part in keeping Offred sane. Her thoughts and memories of Moira kept her from going over the edge. 

    I want gallantry from her, swashbuckling, heroism, single-handed combat. Something I lack.” (249) This quote is one that makes me think that Offred looked up to her in some way, she admired her because Moira had the guts to do what she did, something that Offred couldn’t.

    https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/belli-f2017-eng2001/moiras-greatness/

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  8. Profile photo of Hamiltonc92Hamiltonc92

    I pick Daniels post because he gives a very detailed analysis of the oppression woman have to face in thus society. I also love how he explains the lack of feminism in the woman of this society and how they kinda lost the fire to fight back against the oppression.

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  9. Profile photo of Heder PastuizacaHeder Pastuizaca

    I think that Penina’s blog, especially the last paragraph gave some closure on Offred, “I was so excited for Offred, though it was unclear of her future, she finally had some light of hope. Here last words in the novel were, “Whether this is my end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing: I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped” (295). Finally, she was risking everything for her daughter, her husband, her past life, because she was no longer the wimp that Moira always called her, but then again it’s not like she planned or decided this on her own, she was forced and ordered. Yet does it matter how this happened as long as there is a chance to escape such misery. I really appreciated how the author developed Offred towards the final pages, it is notable that Offred said, “I’m tired of this melodrama, I’m tired of keeping silent. There’s no one you can protect, your life has value to no one. I want it finished.” (293). Yes, finally Offred has evolved from somebody that was constantly treated like a, “two-legged wombs”, now she has a chance. The author doesn’t end the novel on a comforting, he makes the ending more realistic, I don’t know what will happen to the characters, all I can do is hope like Offred that everything will end on a happy note.”

    I really feel that she has found peace and lived a better life somewhere other than this society or at least at a better family within the system that cares for the human under the handmaid’s red robes.

    https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/belli-f2017-eng2001/ray-of-hope/

     

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  10. Profile photo of Sebastian GarzonSebastian Garzon

    This week’s blog I chose Penina. I have the same feelings as hers about the cliffhanger. We can only decide for ourselves if Offred in the is free or was sentence to receive punishment from Gilead. I really want to know about what happens to her. Penina’s last paragraph explains that Offred risks everything for the hope to escape to be with her family and to have freedom again. Later we discover in the historic notes about the tapes left behind that it could be fakes. It makes me feel like none of these events actually occur. I remember that Offred does love storytelling, so could this be another that she made up. So many questions left unanswered.

    https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/belli-f2017-eng2001/ray-of-hope/

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  11. Profile photo of DanielDaniel

    I enjoyed Penina’s post…..
     “Whether this is my end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing: I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped” (295)………… “I’m tired of this melodrama, I’m tired of keeping silent. There’s no one you can protect, your life has value to no one. I want it finished.” (293). Yes, finally Offred has evolved from somebody that was constantly treated like a, “two-legged wombs”, now she has a chance. The author doesn’t end the novel on a comforting [note]…., she makes the ending more realistic, I don’t know what will happen to the characters, all I can do is hope like Offred that everything will end on a happy note.  
    I loved this paragraph..it really sums up Offred’s state of mind at the end……Yes Offred has has had enough and realizes that she has to take the risk! …..and true to life, nothing is assured! …Offred has to trust her instinct and hope for the best! “It can’t be helped”….May she succeed!

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