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The hierarchy of Handmaid's Tale

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:08 pm
by Tyler
Men
Commanders - the ones "ruling" the new world
Guardian/soldier
Drivers - Nick
Economen - butcher, baker, etc

Women
Wives of Commanders
Aunts - bosses of Handmaids
Econowives - allowed to live with families if they stay in line
Marthas - maids/cooks
Handmaids
Jezebel girls

How does a society run with so little roles? There are 3-dozenish handmaid's in this town, do they only go with commanders? This city seems like the most important one in the country, ground zero, what do other parts of the country look like?

The hierarchy of Handmaid's Tale

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 7:08 am
by Tyler
Added econo-people

The hierarchy of Handmaid's Tale

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:10 pm
by Kath525
Tyler wrote:Added econo-people

I feel like econowives are above Jezebel girls. I read online that in the book the jezebel girls can pick their partner but they ARE required to have one.

Also I was surprised to see a fertile woman not captured as a handmaid. Is she no longer fertile? Are the handmaids only fertile sinners?


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The hierarchy of Handmaid's Tale

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:43 pm
by Tyler
Kath525 wrote:Source of the post I feel like econowives are above Jezebel girls

Good call. I moved them up. I wasn't thinking when I added them to the bottom of the list

Kath525 wrote:Source of the post Also I was surprised to see a fertile woman not captured as a handmaid. Is she no longer fertile? Are the handmaids only fertile sinners?

That is my guess. She hasn't done something "wrong" so she can stay with her husband. You would think the commanders and their wives would be so desperate for kids though that they would be pulling in fertile econowives.

The hierarchy of Handmaid's Tale

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 7:36 am
by cwilkins88
Tyler wrote:Source of the post Kath525 wrote:
Source of the post Also I was surprised to see a fertile woman not captured as a handmaid. Is she no longer fertile? Are the handmaids only fertile sinners?

That is my guess. She hasn't done something "wrong" so she can stay with her husband. You would think the commanders and their wives would be so desperate for kids though that they would be pulling in fertile econowives.


Maybe this is the next step!