Honors Program

Honors in English

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Mark Holland

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Mark Baumgartner, Karen Harrington


This thesis utilizes red objects in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to discuss the symbolic meaning of red to the story as a whole and the power relationship among social groups in Gilead. This thesis focuses primarily on the wardrobe of the handmaid and flower imagery to examine red as a manifestation of power in the story.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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