What do you make of the narrators inclination towards violence during his fight with Holly?
The narrator's inclination towards violence seems to be driven by two different emotions: sexual desire and anger. The first time the narrator's hand flinches is when Holly, laying topless on her stomach and being massaged by the narrator, insults the narrator's work. The narrator expresses, "My hand, smoothing oil on her skin, seemed to have a temper of its own: it yearned to raise itself and come down on her buttocks." Interestingly, the narrator is aware of another side of himself; he describes his hand as having a "temper of its own," indicating that he was not consciously...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1937 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10919 literature essays, 2722 sample college application essays, 756 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.