The Handmaid’s Tale

by: Margaret Atwood

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

2) Why does the Commander want to see Offred alone?

The Commander encourages Offred to do things which are forbidden for Gileadean women: to read and write, to converse casually with him, to wear a revealing outfit, and finally to have sex with him outside the confines of the Ceremony. It may be that the Commander misses the more liberated women of earlier times, but Offred suspects that he simply enjoys the thrill of breaking the rules.