Are the activities which take place in the epilogue more or less familliar to us than the details of Gileadean life?
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THe epilogue is like a university lecture we might attend about the factual history of Gileadean life. In this context Atwood's novel takes on a sense of authenticity rather than merely dystopian science-fiction.
I should add that at the same time Pieixoto takes on a very sexist view of Offred's writings. He devalues her personal details because they are in the form of oral history which negates its authenticity as a factual document. Pieixoto is a jerk!