The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale Identity Quotes
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"I am Ofglen," the woman says. Word perfect. And of course she is, the new one, and Ofglen, wherever she is, is no longer Ofglen. I never did know her real name. That is how you can get lost, in a sea of names. It wouldn't be easy to find her, now. (44.15)
You know how Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am"? Well, all this new woman has to do is say, "I am Ofglen," and she is – simple as that. This transfer of identities echoes the one at the beginning of the book, when the Ofglen the narrator knew replaced another, initial Ofglen. Similarly, the narrator may be called Offred now, but there was another Offred before her and may be another one to follow.