Emma Donoghue's Corporeal Citizenship: Unruly Bodies And Closet Spaces?

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As M.D. Helen Farrell analyzes, the relationship between Jack and his mother after their escape is a complicated one―: Jack 's belief system and knowledge of the world are turned upside down, while his mother strives to reclaim her own identity. Jack is forced to grapple with the concept of being a separate entity from his mother. Ma 's own conflicts in their new world prohibit her from providing Jack with much needed reassurance. Jack is trying to make sense of this new world and turns to his mother for answers; however, her answers often prove unsatisfactory to the boy. (47) Viewing the novel as only a story of psychological trauma and suffering however would be too one-dimensional a view of it. Also something all major criticism on the novel has glossed over or has not…show more content…
We find characters reclaiming their identity and individuality and finding their own voice and perspective while debunking earlier preconceived notions about them which is an essential element of postcolonial literature. In the sub-chapter ‘Corporeal Citizenship: Unruly Bodies and Closet Spaces in Emma Donoghue’s Room ’ Zarranz also asserts how despite being a captive the character of Ma is never portrayed as a passive sufferer and how even in her captivity she manages to protect her son from their captor. As she says: Enduring systematic sexual violence and imprisonment, the woman 's body appears to function exclusively as the material target of Old Nick 's sadistic pleasures. Jack 's mother, however, also actively uses her own body as a way of distracting her captor from infringing any violence on Jack. By doing so, she successfully challenges a simplistic interpretation of her role as one of strict submission, and instead suggests a potential for unruliness and

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