A Visit From The Goonsquad

1795 Words Aug 21st, 2015 8 Pages
In recent years, Pulitzer Prize winning fiction novels clearly differ in theme and style. The 2011 winner, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goonsquad, is a multi-faceted, complex narrative focused on the music industry. In 2013, Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, a historical fiction novel on North Korea, took the prize. Though these novels take place in different countries and deal with diverging topics, they do have one thing in common: in each of these Pulitzer-Prize-winning novels, secondary female characters become deified, allowing the reader to attach the sensation of hope onto them. This occurs in Egan’s novel, as Lulu comes to represent the promise of a new generation. The same phenomenon occurs with Sun Moon in The Orphan Master’s Son. Lulu and Sun Moon are characterized as not only physically beautiful, but as idealized torch-holders of what the future may bring. I will be examining how each author idealized these secondary female characters through characterization, and why there is such strong diction of hope attached to them. In A Visit from the Goon Squad, every chapter is narrated by one of the main characters, ultimately becoming intertwined with past and future chapters. However, the character of Lulu never receives a chapter of her own. Instead, the reader comes to learn of her through her mother, Dolly’s, chapter and Alex’s final chapter. Though not considered a protagonist, Lulu seemed to leave the most lasting impression. Even from a young age,…
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