When Offred thinks about how Luke killed the cat, she explains his ability to coldly kill the cat with linguistics: “I’ll take care of it, Luke said. And because he said it instead of her, I knew he meant kill. That is what you have to do before you kill, I thought. You have to create an it, where none was before. You do that first, in your head, and then you make it real” (192 – 193). I thought this was a really interesting and subtle way to talk about objectification, especially since there is so much clear objectification throughout The Handmaid’s Tale. The handmaid’s are bodies, vessels, or wombs rather than people. The cat is a problem to be fixed rather than a beloved pet. The way people talk about things changes the reality and therefore the possibilities. If the cat is an “it” then she can be killed. If the handmaids are vessels, then only their physical health matters. The idea of the importance of how we talk about things seems especially poignant today when people complain about “politically correct” culture. This discourse of free speech being mutually exclusive with respectful knowledgeable speech ignores the ways in which language can be used to shape reality. This simple example in The Handmaid’s Tale shows just how dangerous that potential can be.