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Monarch Book Club

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Discussion Questions

  • What were your initial thoughts on this book?
  • Let's talk about Luke and Offred.
    • Before the coup, did you understand Luke's reasoning that he would be able to help Offred in spite of the government restrictions?
    • In times of sudden conflict, do people generally try to rationalize rather than react swiftly?
    • Could Offred and Luke have done anything to stop what happened after the coup? As the U.S. government was collapsing, why didn't Luke and Offred do more to escape?
  • Why is the Bible in Gilead under lock and key?
  • The commander says "you can't cheat nature." How do characters find ways to follow their natural instincts?
  • What do you think happens to Offred in the end?