The Wall is a tall, brick wall that defines the boundary of the city where The Handmaid's Tale is set. No one is allowed to pass the Wall, which is heavily guarded, without permission. The Wall has hooks attached which are used to display the bodies of executed, or 'Salvaged' men. The heads of the bodies are usually covered by hoods; they often have placards around their necks to demonstrate for what crime they were executed. The bodies serve as a warning to anyone thinking of committing subversive acts, and to further humiliate and punish the criminals.