The Lack Of Lack : The Uniqueness Of Pilate

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Quan Wang focus on the uniqueness of Pilate in her article “The Lack of Lack: The Lacanian Androgyny in Pilate”, arguing that through the existence of androgyny, that is, the co-existence of femininity and masculinity value in one body, Pilate serves as a solution to the rigid gender dichotomy that demands females to live up in their appropriate gender roles assigned by patriarchal culture, and represents herself as a full and complete human being. While I agree that Pilate is one of the most exciting figures who carries symbolic significance in Song of Solomon, I consider applying the lens of androgyny to analyze her image as problematic, and further disagree with the understanding of her “wholeness” as a solution to the dilemma faced by…show more content…
In addition to bravery, independence is also a trait shared by many female characters. For example, Ruth risks her own safety to travel alone at night to her father’s cemetery, just so that she can connect with the dead one she loved. Ruth and Macon’s daughter Corinthians developed a relationship with Porter, a tenant of her father’s property. Following her own will and relying on her independent judgment, Corinthians led her hair loose and went to bed with him, swearing that she would not “collect her hair into a ball at her nape” for anything in the world (202). The exertions of bravery and independence from the female characters might not be as drastic and thorough as Jake’s converting wasteland into farm and Milkman’s heroic quest to the South, due to the confinements black females faced in in the 20th century America, they nevertheless reveal the frequency and intensity of women declaring independence in Song of Solomon. Since Wang argues that Pilate differentiates herself from the female cast due to her androgynous nature that integrates masculine and feminine qualities, the critic implies that other female characters display only “feminine” attributes. However, Wang reaches such conclusion by assigning gender to neutral traits like bravery and independence, establishing a premise according to the stereotypical gender codification that invalidates the critic’s conclusion about the Lacanian androgyny in

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