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Perfect Peace


Daniela Scioscia

on 4 December 2012

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The Pot Calling the Kettle Black: Hypocrisy in Perfect Peace By: Daniela Scioscia Hypothesis Abstract Literary Analysis Projectus Background Daniel Black's novel follows a family of 9 in rural Arkansas over the period of several years. The book specifically focuses on gender construction and issues, specifically transgender and what occurs when the gender and the sex do not match up in a person’s mind according to how they should in society. Throughout history, many cultures have had their own ideas on gender; however, the most widely accepted idea today is the two sexes, male and female, must correspond with their gender characteristics; however, mixed gender roles have been seen even as far back as Native Americans. In contemporary society, The first paper written about the idea of transexualism was published in 1978 by feminist writer Marcia Yudkin. Since then, authors and psychologists have only begun to scratch the surface of transgender culture. In the novel, some of the main characters act hypocritically, including Emma Jean, Gus, and Henrietta. This trait helps develop the plot and the characters in the novel and acts as a catalyst for some of the major events in Perfect’s life. In my literary analysis of Perfect Peace, I describe the situations of hypocrisy that are evident in the novel.
Emma Jean, daughter of Mae Helen, was neglected her whole life by her mother who much preferred Emma Jean’s sisters Gracie and Pearlie. When Perfect was born, Emma Jean followed her mother’s footsteps in neglecting her other children and doting on Perfect, the “daughter” she preferred over her sons.
Gus is ridiculed for his over-emotional personality. Eventually, being forced to hold, only releasing them once a year. When Perfect is transitioning genders, Gus harms Perfect for being afraid and emotional.
Henrietta, the nurse who delivers perfect, shames Emma Jean for lying to her family about Perfects real sex. However, Emma Jean knows that Henrietta lied to her family as well about her daughter and the death of her sister’s daughter.These hypocrisies each mark a significant chapter in the life of Perfect. It seems that throughout her life, she is surrounded by the hypocrisy of those who care for her. Abrams, Michael. " The Real Story on Gay Genes | Sex & Gender | DISCOVER Magazine ." Science and Technology News, Science Articles | Discover Magazine. 25 Nov. 2012. <http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/born-gay/article_view?b_start:int=0&-C=>.This article studies the genetic side of gay and transsexual identity, explaining it through a scientific lens.

Black, Daniel. Perfect Peace. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2010. Print.
The novel by Daniel Black about a boy growing up in Arkansas who struggles withi his gender identity after discovering tat he is actually a boy. Gilley, Brian Joseph (2006: 8). Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country. ISBN 0-8032-7126-3.
Gilley writes about the history of gays and gender construction in Native America culture.

Yudkin, M. (1978). "Transsexualism and women: A critical perspective". Feminist Studies.
This paper is the first written on Transsexualism. It provided a new perspective on the idea that gender and sex do not always coincided the way society believes it should.
PBS documentary information about the Two-Spirit tribe as well as other indian tribes that respect multibple genders
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