The Handmaid’s Tale

by: Margaret Atwood

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

4) What happened to Offred’s daughter?

The story of Offred’s daughter is related to us in snatches, conveying the sense that Offred cannot bear to think about her daughter for too long at a time. Over the course of the novel we learn that mother and daughter were separated when they were caught trying to escape the country. While Offred was taken to the Red Center, her daughter was rehomed with an infertile couple. Offred does not learn that this is what has happened to her daughter until Serena Joy shows Offred a picture of the now nearly grown girl.