What became of Serena Joy at the end of the Handmaidans tale book? Is she executed?

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  • Zac Z
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    6 months ago
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    As Anonymous and Elaine have already said the novel has kind of an open end.

    Actually, the "story proper" is a first-person narrative from the point of view of Offred. The fact that the text exists at all proves that she successfully escaped and lived long enough to write it down.

    It seems that she doesn't have any knowledge of Serena's fate, at least she's not mentioning it.

    There is a kind of epilogue in the novel (called "Historical Notes") that presents Offred's tale as a found artifact which is now studied by historians. We learn from these Notes, which are written in a pseudo-academic style, that the Republic of Gilead doesn't exist anymore but all these historians apparently know about the characters of the main story is from Offred's tale so no additional information about Serena or anybody else is offered.

    In a tweet from last November Atwood announced a sequel:

    "I’m writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale. #TheTestaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published in Sept 2019."

    On Goodreads, a review quotes the Guardian as follows: "It will not be connected to the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, which has extended beyond Atwood’s 1985 novel to continue Offred’s story."

    There doesn't seem to be much information yet about the content of this sequel but apparently these "three female characters" are women that live(d) in Gilead so there is the chance that Serena's fate is going to be clarified.

  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    We don't know because the novel ends with Offred escaping and we don't her fate. The only things we know are: that someone at some future time is reading the diary and that Gilead no longer exists. We don't know if Offred survived or if she died. We don't know about the fates of any of the other characters.

  • 6 months ago

    Haven't read the book.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Nothing in particular. The book ends with Offred escaping Gilead and leaving a recording about what happened in a safe house, but we don't know if she was recaptured after that or if she made it to freedom. There's no closure. We don't know what happened to any of the characters, although it's mentioned that the Republic of Gilead collapsed.

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