“But I keep going on with this sad and hungry and sordid, this limping and mutilated story, because after all I want you to hear it, as I will hear yours too if I ever get the chance, if I meet you or if you escape, in the future or in heaven or in prison or underground, some other place. What they have in common is that they’re not here. By telling you anything at all I’m at least believing in you, I believe you’re there, I believe you into being. Because I’m telling you this story I will your existence. I tell, therefore you are.” ~ page 268 of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This quote is an example of the incredible strength of Margaret Atwood’s characters. In the story, Offred speaks directly to the reader, often addressing him or her as “you”. I felt like I was listening to Offred as I would listen to a friend, and it was such a cool experience. If you haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, I highly recommend it!