Chapter 2 Excerpt

A chair, a table, a lamp. Above, on the white ceiling, a relief ornament in the shape of a wreath, and in the center of it a blank space, plastered over, like the place in a face where the eye has been taken out. There must have been a chandelier, once. They've removed anything you could tie a rope to.

simplicity of the life in her room which is definitely disguised as a prison
this signifies her and the person she is now
monotony of the colours reflect upon her life
chandelier: used for grand places and this is taken out of her room because she isn’t worth the chandelier and that in essence, freedom and privilege is taken away from her
describing the setting of where Offred is
life being monotonous, why though?q
its almost like the handmaids being nun
only to have sex
used to reproduce
wreath: funereal
blank space: emptiness of the world

A window, two white curtains. Under the window, a window seat with a little cushion. When the window is partly open--it only opens partly--the air can come in and make the curtains move. I can sit in the chair, or on the window seat, hands folded, and watch this. Sunlight comes in through the window too, and falls on the floor, which is made of wood, in narrow strips, highly polished. I can smell the polish. There's a rug on the floor, oval, of braided rags. This is the kind of touch they like: folk art, archaic, made by women, in their spare time, from things that have no further use. A return to traditional values. Waste not want not. I am not being wasted. Why do I want? (tone of confusion; passion for desires)

the sentence structure is very simplistic
olfactory senses of the smell of the polish
window symbolises the freedom Offred has
this paragraph talks about the setting of the room she is in, and through that, cleverly conveys the freedom of the handmaids in the new republic
“waste not want not” is an idiom that basically means that if you don’t waste, you would have...

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