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The Blank Wall

  1. 1. Elisabeth Sanxay Holding: The Blank Wall Part III Sanna Lehtinen and Luis Daniel González Alva
  2. 2. Part III <ul><li>The evolution of Lucia´s character </li></ul><ul><li>- Gender </li></ul><ul><li>- Social class </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic novel – Crime novel </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lucia´s character <ul><li>Struggling throughout the book </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always putting other people´s needs first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn´t want to face the consecuences of her actions: lies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wants to keep up the appearances of white middle class family: trying to live up to the expectations of being a mother, a daughter, a wife, a ”housekeeper” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>> Seeking for adventure and own personal space </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Gender <ul><li>Lucia feeling empowered towards the end of the book </li></ul><ul><li>- Close to becoming a cold-blooded criminal </li></ul><ul><li>- Can´t stand any kind of lack of personal space: irritated with other people </li></ul><ul><li>- Admires and disapproves her daughter´s active behaviour: </li></ul><ul><li>- Lucia begins to act like Bee would act, Bee begins acting like Lucia </li></ul><ul><li>-> ”the new woman” </li></ul><ul><li>- Admires Donnelly, an active masculine character </li></ul><ul><li>-> feels drawn to the masculine world (”masculine” crime novel vs. ”feminine” domestic novel) </li></ul><ul><li>- Women during the war: taking over men´s jobs and roles, dual role in the house </li></ul><ul><li>- Cigarrettes as a symbol of self-actualization and taking personal space </li></ul><ul><li>- Often thinks about her life being ”like in a movie” </li></ul><ul><li>- Active, even aggressive thoughts inside her head </li></ul><ul><li>- Relationship between the two women; Sibyl and Lucia </li></ul>
  5. 5. Class <ul><li>Lucia feels like the social status should save her from being punished </li></ul><ul><li>- Feels criminals cannot exist in her class (herself) or among people she likes (Donnelly) </li></ul><ul><li> - Donnelly gets distroyed because of Lucia (like Nagle predicted) </li></ul><ul><li>- Expects Sibyl to help her without questions </li></ul><ul><li>- Things described through the book as ”queer” or ”eccentric” </li></ul><ul><li>- Strict codes on how people should be like and how to behave to become socially approved </li></ul>
  6. 6. Domestic novel – Crime novel <ul><li>Ends up to be more of a domestic novel than a crime novel? </li></ul><ul><li>- She gets away with her crimes because of her social status </li></ul><ul><li>- Lucia´s disappointment? </li></ul><ul><li>- Disappointment of the reader? Lucia an un-reliable narrator? </li></ul><ul><li>- Lucias ”moral”: built on social class, good manners, Bible, parents (father) </li></ul><ul><li>- The criminal characters from the world of crime novels, Lucia from domestic novel </li></ul><ul><li>- A mix of ”masculine” and ”feminine” genres (same controversy in Lucia´s character: active – passive, conservative – liberal, old world - new world) </li></ul><ul><li>- A mix of social classes </li></ul><ul><li>- A clash of two worlds </li></ul><ul><li>- The title: why is the book called The Blank Wall ? </li></ul>

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