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Essay on Analysis of Novel Fledgling

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Fledgling is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl, whose alarming unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion. She is in fact a genetically modified, 53 year old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, at the same time learn who wanted and still wants to destroy her and those she cares for. This is a very interesting parable that tests the limits of otherness and questions what it means to be truly human.
The book is laced with emotionally and erotically boosted encounters. A person who would enjoy reading about vampires, the urge to keep reading comes within the first few chapters; in this story early as chapter three. The novel is a new vampire paradigm that casts a steady
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This further shown by the fact that most Ina’s are tall and Shori is unusually short for her age; again she is the other. While it seems the author tried to use this character to challenge racism, it could have been far better done without presenting Shori as constantly victimized. As an added problem, because all of the other Ina’s are so white and delightsome, every other black character is bound to a white character in an addictive form of sexual slavery. Their sexual acts carry strong undertones of slavery, where black people were expected to fulfill the sexual demands of their masters.
A further continuation that stains the genre a little more is here we have a black character for the sake on inclusion without culture. Shori is yet, another example of a white girl painted black. Her amnesia gives her not experience at all, this makes the white female Ina the ones who define what is and is not womanhood or feminine. They are actively educating Shori on how to be a “proper” Ina woman. This is a pattern that is already glaringly established in real world history and is still active today.
Overall, the novel was a good read, but at times was uncomfortable. For someone who is not a lover of vampire books or movies, the novel was very interesting. However, it did raise some questions about race in America, the meaning of family, and
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