Rubyfruit Jungle | Study Guide

Rita Mae Brown

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Rubyfruit Jungle | Literary Device


Names as Indicative of Character

Brown has chosen character names to work in concert with what those characters are like. Molly Bolt is like a bolt of lightning in the world, striking with white fury when needed. She is also like a metal bolt, steadfast in her ability to keep things together. Her name might also call to mind "the unsinkable Molly Brown" of Titanic fame, whose pluck kept her alive in a disaster.

Another appropriately named character, Faye Raider does indeed raid Molly's world, ultimately causing her to lose her scholarship. Further, Holly and Molly have very similar names because they actually are more similar than they think. Molly can be opportunistic when it serves her and, like Holly, runs away from New York when she needs to clear her head. Polina Bellantoni and Paul Digita share similar names because they share a similar pathology—the need to see themselves as the opposite gender. Connie Pen is a journalist, of course, and Dr. Demiral is a psychologist who probably has no problem giving people sedatives, such as Demerol. Leota marries a man with the last name Phantom. In fact she turns into one in an existence Molly views as undesirable.

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