In A handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood uses sentence fragmentation to contrast the established control over the handmaids and to reflect Offred’s thoughts. The attire of the handmaid’s is prescribed by the government: “The red gloves are lying on the bed. I pick them up, pull the, onto my hands, finger by finger” (8). The handmaid’s are required by the government to wear the color red,with the exception of the white wings around their faces .The white wings however, also represent control. The purpose of the wings is to prevent the handmaid’s faces from being seen, except from straight on, and to prevent the handmaid’s from seeing. The disorder of the sentence caused by fragmentaion sharply contrasts the structure of the society. The fragmentation is reflective over Offred’s thoughts: “I get up out of the chair, Advance my feet into the sunlight, in their red shoes, flat heeled to save the spine and not for dancing” (8). The sentences are formed in a way similar to how people would form thought. The story is meant to be told as if someone was speaking and thinking as she spoke. The fragments in the sentences show the process of Offred’s thoughts. The fragmentation also limits elaborate imagery. This causes anything described in this manner to seem boring and cold to the reader.