Analysis Of The Book ' Blood Red Road ' By Moira Young Essay

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In the book "Blood Red Road", by author Moira Young, we meet our female protagonist Saba who lives in a dystopian future and starts her hero 's journey in order to save the life of her older brother Lugh who has been kidnapped by the Sun King, Vicher Pinch. In this dystopian society we are shown that there are no norms when it comes to gender roles, and we can see the impact that the concept of sisterhood has on Saba.
One issue that is addressed throughout our story is the idea of gender role stereotypes. In the article "Female Criticism" , author Lois Tyson describes the concept of traditional gender roles that "..cast men as rational, strong, protective, and decisive; they cast women as emotional (irrational), weak, nurturing, and submissive" (Tyson 85). I believe this to be true to not only how women and men are depicted in stories and the media, but as well in real life. However, in the epic tale of "Blood Red Road ' many of our main characters actions, experiences, and physical appearance clash with the idea of traditional gender roles.
For two of our main characters Saba and Jack, it is easy to see how the traditional gender roles have been swapped within this romantic relationship. Ultimately we expect women such as Saba to exhibit all the traditional feminine gender qualities, yet she defies what most people expect. Saba, also known as the Angel of Death, is referred to in the book as physically aggressive, a loner, strong willed, and with a shaved a…

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