Two or One?
In The Female Man by Joanna Russ she describes four different main characters Janet, Jeannine, Joanna, and Jael. The four women are set in different times and with personalities that match the times. I think that these different personalities are different people. There are multiple instances where Janet, I feel, is a separate person. In the chapter of Part Three the Russ talks about creating the character of Janet, but I do not think the she is talking as Joanna. I think that Russ is talking about herself creating Janet. If the passage had the name changed to Joanna or Jeannine or even if the chapter had been removed the book would have still made sense. Russ shows that they are different people in multiple places. Russ takes time through Part One and Two to describe Janet’s experiences coming to earth and getting interviewed by a man (Russ 9-11). Russ also shows how they are different people by giving Janet a thorough background. Russ shows that Janet was the only one who could come back in time, because she was the only one who was available (Russ 22). I have a feeling that as we read on in the book that the four characters are going to show their individual traits.
Joanna Russ. The Female Man. Boston: Beacon, 1986. Print.