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“As it is written: She cuppeth the lightning in her hand. She commandeth it to strike” (4). A feminist will fight for equality between the sexes under the premise that men are overpowered. A bout for compromise between them can bring freedom and rights to those who were deprived of acceptance. This movement creates change in the world not only for women, but also for those who fight for their own type of acceptance. It is a widespread ideology that supersedes the notion that there is only hierarchy. Not all of feminists hold a strong morality to conventional retaliation. There are unconventional actions that have become an abuse of power. Manipulating the other to achieve an extreme goal. This changes a positive movement dedicated to changing the world for the better to a negative movement that creates conflict instead of resolution. In the book, The Power, by Naomi Alderman explores a world where women have a special power that gives them the upper hand over men. The power Alderman gives women is a ‘skein’ in their collarbones that allows them to control electric currents and produce electricity. At first only young girls around the age of 14 or 15 have it, but they can activate it in older women. Alderman centers her book around four main characters and their experiences. She uses these characters to portray different angles of thoughts and points of view. She has three female characters that dominate in their respective lives. Over the course of time, their worlds have overlapped in small and big ways. She presents the token male character who is accepted by women and is drawn to the most extreme retaliation from either sex. In the very beginning of the book, Alderman has a excerpt from the Book of Eve, which becomes a basis for the uprising change in religion that many of the women claim loyalty to. As Alderman tells the story of each character she focuses on one character at a time and changes from one to the other periodically. Alderman structures the book in a time bomb manner where she counts down to a finale, starting at ten years to go. Ten years to go. Roxy a troubled, 14 year old girl from the UK is first. Roxy’s story begins with tragedy as she and her mother are attacked in their home. As the daughter of a mobster, Roxy is no stranger to fighting and tries to fight back. It is in the moment when Roxy and her mother are about to leave that Roxy learns of her power. The ‘twist’ happens inside her and, “She cuppeth the lightning in her hand. She commandeth it to strike”(10). She electrocutes one of the attackers, causing his arm to go limp. This is her first time using this power so it is limited and Roxy is knocked out. When she wakes up, her mother is dead. As any person would be, Roxy becomes vengeful, which feeds into her power as she learns how to use it. Roxy is the perfect person to fester a large amount of power. She has the background of her father, where power is everything and being the victim of bullying she has the willpower to fight through.
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