Bron the Ignorant
So I ended last week with stating that Bron is the heterotopian element in the novel. Part reason behind it was because of his chronic lying. Now, with the novel concluded, I will say that Bron is not only a chronic liar, but also ignorant to the reason(s) why (s)he is. Bron continues his insistent complaining throughout the novel. (S)he comes up with the line “we need that particular male aloneness, if only for the ingenuity it breeds” (Delany 216). This then sends Lawrence, who generally tried to support Bron through the novel into a frenzy, “‘You’re a fool,’ Lawrence said, suddenly and hoarsely” (Delany 216) when referring to Alfred lying dead in his collapsed room. Bron then goes off and gets a sex change (male to female), ignoring the loss of friends (that he ignored anyway) as he goes. He eventually meets up with Audri. Audri is the only character that falls into Bron’s “type”, which makes the reader all the more frustrated when he says no. He is even lying in this scene too. The better part is he even questions himself, but does it anyway, “Why did I lie to Audri? I like Audri!”(Delany 272). And then at the end the of the novel, he attempts to justify he lying with “she was less truthful as a woman then she had been as a man […] one more then I need a man to do – to tell the truth for me!” (Delany 277). And so here Bron is, the person who lied through the whole novel, and (s)he has this chance to understand why (s)he lies. There might still be hope for him/her, but shatters it completely by simply believing that Bron is incapable of being at fault. After all, the world(s?) revolve around him.
Delany, Samuel R. Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 1996. Print.
*Note* Hastily written