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In the Handmaid's Tale. Summary. Offreds best friend She is involved in all 3 time periods of the book. She is a feminist and bisexual Has the courage to resist and does not accept to become just a ‘vessel’ for the production of the next generation.

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Summary

  • Offreds best friend
  • She is involved in all 3 time periods of the book.
  • She is a feminist and bisexual
  • Has the courage to resist and does not accept to become just a ‘vessel’ for the production of the next generation.
  • She is a symbol of defiance and resistance within the red centre and for Offred
  • she epitomises a woman who has rejected Gilead's philosophy
  • She never becomes a handmaid and so gets to keep her own name holding on to a small piece of individuality
  • Nothing can break her or stop her from being herself
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Moiras Significance

  • Moira is a link to the past for Offred, as they went to university together and were trained to be handmaids together at the red center.
  • She is a source of inspiration for offred as someone who has beaten the system, she gives her hope.
  • she often reminisces at night of her, “what would Moira do?”
  • She is a contrast to all the other woman in the book as she does not accept her fate.
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Changes in Moira

  • Moira changes when she goes to Jezebels as she has changed to fit into the regime and has no plans to escape from being a prostitute. The change is significant because Offred expects her to act as a hero and not be silenced by society yet she has found a tolerable place. She is being defeated in rebelling.
  • “she shrugs again. It might be resignation”
  • This change is significant as a symbol of defeat, showing us how one person cannot suceed in crushing a regime and that even the most independent and resourceful person can be grinded down by a totalitarian society.
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Symbols

Moira is a symbol of hope or offred because she resists to the ways of a totalitarian society. She is not passive but strong willed, she makes offred feel stronger and safer because she exists.

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Themes Presented

  • Resistance to Gilead Society
  • Moira is the main character who rebels against Gilead society, at the red center by her escape attempt and then by her actual escape, Her resistance helps to spur the rebel inside of Offred.
  • Individuality
  • Moira has more individuality than any other character in the book. Any form of individuality is stripped from all the other woman, but Moira avoids this in a way by rebelling. She keeps her own name and has a small bit of freedom at Jezebels.
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Quotes

  • "Moira had power now, she'd been set loose, she'd set herself loose. She was now a loose woman." Chapter 22,
  • "Moira was like an elevator with open sides. She made us dizzy." Ch. 22
  • “Moira was our fantasy.We hugged her to us, she was with us in secret, a giggle…In the light of Moira, the aunts were less fearsome and more absurd. Their power had a flaw in it” Chapter 22
  • "She is a flag on a hilltop, showing what can still be done: we too can be saved." Chapter 5, 26
  • “There is something reassuring about the toilets. Bodily functions at least remain democratic. Everybody shits, as Moira would say." Chapter 39,