Woman on the Edge of Time

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When referring to the term “insane” certain words come to mind; mad, crazy, foolish, and psychotic, but what does this mean exactly. Seneca, a Roman Stoic Philosopher once said, “There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness.”(1. De Tranquillitate Animi (XVII, 10) Concepts and ideas aren’t always going to make it to the thought stream of the masses without some sort of help, such as war-fare, pestilence, or some serious loss on a global scale.

Humans all started from the same origin. Whether one believes in religion or in scientific speculations as to the beginning of man, what’s certain is no one person is greater than the other, it’s just the story that goes with that individual as to where they turn up and why. The concept that guidance was needed for large populations of people to coordinate and live with one another in a civilization makes sense, but it has flaws. The basis of these flaws is the human element. Power seems more likely than not to fall into the wrong hands, the hands of people that pursue destruction with god-like powers. This can be seen in any culture in any given point in time since. How does this relate to Connie’s character?

Insanity can be simply stated as being in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, but to truly define the term of being insane, one must first establish the essence of normality. When referring to something as normal, one can say that “it lacks of significant deviation from the average”, or it conforms to the ideals of society. Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy, tackles this exact term and opens up the cavity of the source as to why humans in this society follow such standards that don’t work. Through the ideals of Luciente, a prophet of sorts from the future, Consuelo Ramos, the Latina protagonist, is brought to realize that there are other ways to live one’s life, and to follow a system that is already in place isn’t the only method to exist. This...
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