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The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood
Summary Key Questions and Answers
Summary Key Questions and Answers

5) Who are the Eyes?

The Eyes of the Lord—or just the Eyes—are the secret police of the Gileadean regime. They spy on ordinary citizens, and when they detect signs of rebellion or dissent they abduct the culprits, torture them and hand them over to be killed by hanging or Particicution. Eyes, real and symbolic, are a recurring motif in The Handmaid’s Tale. They serve to remind us of the feminist idea that in male-dominated societies, the way men look at women can be a form of control and even violence.