Bron’s Refusal of Happiness
The whole time I was reading Trouble on Triton, I thought that Bron’s character was going to learn and grow as a character. I thought that at some point he would figure out that the way he is acting is hurting other people and is also keeping himself from being happy, but he never fully gets it. At the beginning of the book, when you are first introduced to Bron’s character, he makes it sound like he has a happy, fulfilling life. Even as he is saying he is happy, tough, you can see clues that he is actually not happy. First off, Bron gets Miriamne fired for a selfish, self centered reason, she wouldn’t sleep with him. Even though he tells her that’s not the reason, if you look further into it, you can infer the reasoning plain as day. She even sees right through his lie and calls him out, saying “You don’t mean . . . that you had me transferred because I wasn’t sexually interested in you . . .? I’ll be honest. That hadn’t even occurred to me.”(84) When Miriamne catches this, Bron tries to say that wasn’t the reason, but his counter is not convincing enough for her to believe. Bron can easily lie to himself, but when he lies to someone else they can almost always see right trough his lies.
Another example of this is when Bron gets the sex change. This is where I thought he finally figured out his personality is the reason people have trouble becoming his friend, but he gets the sex change for the wrong reason. As we talked in class, Bron changed sexes to increase her odds to find the mate she will be compatible with. Then when she gets let down by The Spike and Sam she wonders why they don’t like him. Then, when Audri asks Bron if she wanted to stay in the same commune as her, Bron straight out lies to her, then spends the rest of the book wondering why she lied to Audri. Overall, this book had a frustrating ending that makes me want closure.
Delany, Samuel. Trouble on Triton. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1996. Print.