Angela is a character in The Handmaid's Tale novel.


Angela was born to Janine and her Commander, though there are rumors that she was conceived by a doctor[1]. Just before the child is born, Janine (Ofwarren) and the Wife of Warren sit on the Birthing Stool together. The Wife sits above Janine. The baby is born: a girl with no visible defects. Everyone rejoices. The Wife climbs into bed, and the baby is given to her by Aunt Elizabeth. The other Wives crowd around, pushing the Handmaids aside, and the Wife announces she will name the baby Angela. Janine nurses the baby for a few months and then transfers to a new Commander [2]. Although Angela appears to be in good health and without malformation at birth, Ofglen later reveals that Janine’s baby was a "shredder".[1]


Angela is a female given name. The origin of the name is Latin and its background is Christian. It is derived from the Greek word ángelos (αγγελος), meaning "messenger of gods".

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Section 33
  2. Section 21
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