Offred, one of the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.
Did You Know?
In a "New York Times" essay published in March 2017, as well as in the new introduction to a 2017 edition of her novel "The Handmaid's Tale," Margaret Atwood said that when she started writing the book, her title for it was "Offred." This is the name given to the main character by the repressive regime that is enslaving her. In addition to its primary meaning (that she is the property of a commander named Fred), Atwood also explained that she intended for the name to also remind the reader of the word "offered," meaning, "denoting a religious offering or a victim offered for sacrifice." The series's showrunners chose to name the first episode of the show "Offred." See more
Offred says that the Handmaids always have to go everywhere in twos, but Ofglen walks to and from the Commanders house alone. See more
I am to make myself clean. Washed and brushed like a prize pig.
You Don't Own Me
Written by John Madara
and Dave White
Performed by Lesley Gore See more