Handmaid's Tale Study Guides

  • The Handmaid's Tale


    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopic novel about a woman named Offred living in an ultra-conservative chauvinist theocracy in the former USA. Women are denied human rights in the new regime and Offred is a "handmaid" (a concubine) for Fred, "The Commander." After various illegal sexual liaisons, Offred becomes involved with the Mayday resistance, and is taken away in a secret police van that, she is told, is actually part of the resistance. The novel ends ambiguously and is revealed to be an account discovered years later by academics.