Bron is a Fool
The novel Trouble on Triton by Samuel R. Delany has many interesting characters. However, the main character is Bron Helstrom. Most of us can agree that Bron is not our favorite person in this book. He is very self-absorbed and selfish, and yet he still has people that consider him a friend. These people are not people that Bron actively sought out, instead most of them like Bron for some reason and stick with him. It reaches a point, however, when Bron’s selfish and absorbed attitude pushes away the only people that even like him. The friends that Bron starts out with in the beginning of the book slowly dwindle away by the end. Bron does not even really like any of them, except for maybe the Spike, who we know, he’s obsessed with: “Depressed and wondering if he’d ever see her again, he fell asleep.” (Delany 43). Here Bron can’t stop thinking about the Spike, but even after he starts a relationship with her, he loses her too because of his attitude.
Eventually even Lawrence, the one person who seemed to stick by Bron through most of the novel, gets fed up with him, telling him, “’You’re a fool,’ Lawrence said, suddenly and hoarsely. ‘And I’m tired. I’m tired of it, that’s all there is. I’m tired.’” (Delany 216). Lawrence has reached his tipping point. It doesn’t matter that he’s attracted to Bron and probably even liked him as a person, he’s done with Bron and all his selfishness.
Bron somehow doesn’t even realize that all this is his fault. He’s still only cares about himself that he doesn’t realize that he’s lost everyone and it’s his fault.
Delany, Samuel R. Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 1996. Print.