The Question and Answer section for The Handmaid’s Tale is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Atwood emphasises how changes in context affect behaviours and attitudes by repeating the phrase "Context is all" throughout the novel, establishing this precept as a motif (e.g., 144, 192). Playing the game of Scrabble with her...
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Aunt Lydia taught that men are naturally obsessed with sex, "Men are sex machines, and not much more". Offred understood Aunt Lydia's point that women can use men's need for constant sex to their advantage: they can manipulate men.