"We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories" (57).
The quote above speaks about the Handmaid's of the novel. These women are viewed as in the way possessions by most. The handmaid's have barely and freedom. They are all the same leaving them emotionless and like a blank piece of paper. They live an invisible life for the most part being that their only sole purpose is to reproduce. The ironic part is that the Handmaid's view the only freedom they have being that they are invisible. The newspaper symbol is a representation of the society in which they reside in. The words are the higher rankings within while the Handmaid's, who basically equate to nothing, are the blank spaces on the edges-- waiting to be used only when necessary.
I enjoyed this novel thoroughly. I had read it last year as part of an English project and even then I found it amusing. For women to sit back and accept being degraded like this is baffling. I also enjoyed Margaret Atwood's use of satire. It helped portray her message. I enjoy novels that cause controversy and this was certainly one of them. It brought light upon certain topics that sometimes get ignored. It was not your typical book one reads for English class. I feel that all English classes should read this. It has more of a powerful message while not being boring at the same time.