Book Analysis: Christian Grey from trilogy “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Christian Grey is the central male character of the trilogy: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ he is a business magnate and entrepreneur. He has achieved remarkable success as a result of his own efforts with his business strategies even though he already enjoyed an affluent lifestyle for most of his life as a result of his adoption into a wealthy family as a young child. Throughout the book, the first of a trilogy, Christian is portrayed as a man very much in control of every area of his life and this is the key of his success. He has everything he’s ever wanted, a very handsome powerful young men. The author describes him as a mystery man, very sophisticated and wealthy. Every person has a dark side and Christian is not the exemption; a darker side to his nature is soon revealed, emerging from his pre-adoption years when he spent some time starving and suffering through repeated traumatic experiences with his birth mother who was a crack-addict. This trauma in his formative years affects his sexual preferences in adulthood. It’s a classic case of: I’m the way I am now because my childhood messed me up. He has difficulty in forging normal relationships, can’t bear to be touched and can only have a sexual encounter if he is the dominant partner rather than make love with someone as an equal. He demands for any possible submissive to sign a NON-Disclosure contract and if both parts agree they would sign a contract with stated rules. The rules state that the submissive should be willing to please him in any sexual form, he won’t be touched, the submissive will have to wear what he wants and several other explicit rules. Again he knows exactly what he wants sexually and has even drawn up a contract for Anastasia - his potential submissive - to sign. He puts no pressure on her to commit to anything, doesn’t put a time limit on a decision and everything is consensual; he also treats her with the utmost courtesy and politeness at all times. There is never an argument between them. Before twenty one year old Anastasia Steele falls for Christian, she is a virgin, incredibly naive about all things sexual and in dire need of a man who can trigger emotions she has not yet felt and can initiate her into lovemaking. Christian is willing to show her in more ways than one, but it must be on his terms with his offer of sexual romps in his ‘Red room of pain.’ Nevertheless Christian shows ultimate respect and concern for Anastasia’s welfare throughout the book and this becomes apparent in his emails as well as his speech. He is honest about his needs and expectations from a sexual partner and is clear with Anastasia from the onset about his dominant deviations from the norm in matters of sexual pleasure but is less than forthcoming with the reason why. Really, he needs a good shrink, but Anastasia being analytical by nature does a splendid job in trying to fathom what makes him tick. Christian has never met anyone like Anastasia before. Whereas previous ‘Submissive’ proved incompatible or headed for the hills, he now has to redefine his thinking in his relationship with Anastasia and admits to her that he is willing to try.
By the middle of the 20th century, two major views of humanity had emerged. The first one was the Freudian concept. According to this perspective, we are all victims of unconscious sexual and aggressive instincts that constantly influence our behavior. In the other hand, came from the behaviorists who, in the extreme, view humans as little more than experiments. Humans are said to respond to stimuli in their living environments over which they have no control. We act the way we do because of the situation we are on or the situations we have been in before, not because of some personal choice or direction. In response to these theories and concerns, a third force was born. The humanistic approach paints a much different picture of our species. The key that...
Cited: Burger, J.M., (2011, August). The Humanistic approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment, Personality, 8th Edition pg. 275-305
James, E.L. (2011, January). Fifty Shades of Grey, 1st edition, pg. 5-400
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