Offred Versus June

The Purpose of the Protagonist in The Handmaid's Tale

  • Grace Goze

Abstract

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale has recently made its way back into popular culture and
media. This is a consequence of the streaming service Hulu launching a web television series based
on the novel. The protagonist, Ofred, plays a crucial role in both tellings of the story, but that
role shifts depending on the medium. Within the novel, Ofred lacks the characteristics of a hero,
demonstrating complacency in her tortured position. Meanwhile, the Ofred of the Hulu series is a
rebel, an empowered woman who refuses oppression. These intentional portrayals of Ofred speak
to the inevitable distinctions between visual and written storytelling.

Published
2019-01-15
How to Cite
Goze, G. (2019). Offred Versus June. Digital Literature Review, 6, 119-129. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/dlr/article/view/2771
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