June and Serena in The Handmaid’s Tale

Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. June Osborne, sometimes referred by her patronymic Offred, is the main protagonist of the series. She is a woman in her thirties who is forced to work as a Handmaid in the early years of Gilead, due to the fact she is still capable of bearing children. She is the wife of Luke and the mother of a young daughter, Hannah Bankole. Serena Joy Waterford is a major character in The Handmaid’s Tale. She is the Wife of Commander Waterford, who is using Offred to try and obtain a child, being unable herself to conceive. Serena has a determined and intense personality. She is intelligent, strong-willed, and calculating. In the first two seasons of the show, Serena was borderline cruel, emotionless, and harsh with Offred and the other staff in the house. June and Serena are portrayed by Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski.

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