A fear plagues the women of the society and that fear has led them to cling to security over freedom. The appreciation of security is furthered by citing everything that the women are to be given “freedom from” (24). This is most evident in some of the old pornographic films that the women were shown during their time in training with the Aunts. The films featured “women being raped, beaten up, killed” with sound included in order to create the greatest fear and trauma in the women watching (118). Now the women are protected to the point that they are suffocated by the security and lack the “freedom to” which they held back before the collapse of the government and decline of the birth rate. The protagonist often flashbacks to little moments of freedom that she never realized were so precious, such as having a job and having possession of her own property. These freedoms were steadily traded for security as the people stopped the marches, due to the men with machine guns and poor attendance, then stopped trying to escape. The quote from page 24 highlights the transition that the society has taken from freedom to security without allowing the characters to think about what they have sacrificed by defining both as a type of freedom. The quote is given early on, before the audience receives details on how the society was constructed, and uses the early time to show the audience the dualism present in the novel and how it affects the mindset of the characters, allowing them to continue with the suffocating and oppressive regime.