Anti-Hero Bron and His Entitlement
Bron is an anti-hero. He’s doesn’t uphold the traditional values a hero usually has, like bravery and courage. To me, he doesn’t even have a redemption arc. Instead, Bron is whiny and entitled. Bron prospered when everyone didn’t have equal rights and opportunity. Equality felt like oppression to Bron. He’s straight, white, masculine, and homophobic. He should be seen as someone with political, social, and economic power. But when Bron says in the beginning, “I am a reasonably happy man,” Bron was lying to himself. He continued to lie to himself through the novel. He’s not happy as the stereotypical masculine male role because he doesn’t hold the power as he once had. He tries to convince himself he’s happy, until he finally admits he’s not. But even then, he doesn’t do anything to change the fact. He blames others for his unhappiness. Bron felt like the Spike was entitled to be with him, even after she rejects him. He assumes women need him to save them, rather than him fixing who he is. If Bron exerted the same amount of energy he uses to “help” women in realizing his mistakes, taking the blame for his own unhappiness, and reflecting on his actions, Bron would be a better guy. If his sole purpose for becoming a woman is to criticize women and to give women “value,” Bron is more of an asshole than originally thought. There are times when you can sympathize with him, because he really just doesn’t get it. But as the novel progresses, especially after he changes gender, his annoyance and insults stung more consistently.
Delany, Samuel R. Trouble on Triton. Middletown, CT, Wesleyan University Press, 1996.