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Ofglen is a major character in The Handmaid's Tale. She is a Handmaid assigned to Commander Glen and is friends with Offred. She is revealed to be a member of an underground resistance named Mayday. In the television series, she is portrayed by Alexis Bledel.

In the novel Edit

Background Edit

Nothing is known of Ofglen's life prior to the beginning of Gilead; Offred does not even know her real name. When Gilead took over, Ofglen became a Handmaid. However, she secretly joined Mayday as well, to bring down Gilead from the inside.

Meeting Offred Edit

Ofglen is assigned to be Offred's partner whenever she leaves her home to go shopping and walking. Ofglen plays the part of a pious and dutiful Handmaid, so as not to arouse suspicion, as she is unsure if Offred is a true believer in the regime. Upon learning she is not, Ofglen extends friendship to Offred and tells her about Mayday. Ofglen tries to get Offred to gain information on her Commander, stating that he is one of the most prominent members of Gilead's government.

Death Edit

Towards the end of the novel, Ofglen attends the Particicution with Offred and attacks the man accused of rape, viciously kicking him in the head until he falls unconscious. When a horrified Offred confronts her about it, Ofglen reveals the man wasn't a rapist but a member of Mayday, and that she knocked him out to spare him an agonising death. Unfortunately, Ofglen is found out to be a member of Mayday too, but hangs herself when she sees the Eyes coming for her, most likely to prevent herself from betraying her comrades under torture. Offred is informed of her fate by Ofglen's successor, also called Ofglen.

In the TV series Edit

Ofglen is portrayed by Alexis Bledel.

In the television series, Ofglen is given more of a back story and her fate is altered. Her real name is stated to be Emily, whereas in the book it was not mentioned. When she is walking with Offred on the way back from grocery shopping, she reveals that she used to be a college professor, teaching cellular biology, and was also in a same-sex marriage, which made her a huge target for the regime. While most college professors and 'Gender Traitors' were sent away for their "sins," she says she was spared because she has "two working ovaries." She also reveals that she and her wife had a son together, who would be five years old now. She tells Offred that her wife and son had Canadian passports and thus were able to escape while she herself did not. She also reveals she is a member of Mayday (though she does not refer to the group by name) and warns Offred there is an Eye in her house.

Shortly after revealing herself to Offred, she is removed from her home and replaced by another Ofglen. It is soon revealed that she was discovered to be having an affair with a Martha. A trial is shown in which the Martha is sentenced to death for her crimes while Ofglen is sentenced to "Redemption" and spared because "God had seen fit to make her fertile." The Martha and Ofglen are then loaded into the back of a van where they hold hands until they arrive in a yard where the Martha is forcibly removed from the van and Ofglen is forced to watch as she is hanged. Ofglen is the taken to a medical facility, where she is forced to undergo a clitoridectomy to destroy any future enjoyment of sex.

Ofglen is later reassigned and named Ofsteven. Offred meets with her and expresses her condolences for what was done to her. She tells Offred her real name, and also says that she should join Mayday, finally referring to the organisation by name, as she could help the fight to stop Gilead.

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