This novel initially interested me in the way it was written as well as the psychological character of Clegg. It seems as though his perspective of the story is written in a completely subjective perspective, unable to grasp reality in any way. At the start of the story, he seems almost normal but as the story goes on his madness becomes more and more apparent. His perception of Miranda and his plan to capture her intrigue me in that his logic, or lack thereof, is greatly skewed. This aspect of his character almost took me by surprise; the story took many twists and turns I failed to anticipate.
As a psychology major, it took the story of Clegg almost as a challenge to analyze. After his madness became apparent, I became motivated to figure out what made him that way. Looking back at his description of his childhood and what had happened to his parents, I was able to put together a theory. Because his dad died when he was young and his mother abandoned him, his desire to capture Miranda and refuse to let her go makes sense. He feels as though he has to tightly grasp onto the things he loves so that he will never lose them. However, I feel that he does not have a correct understanding of love; his love is more like a fascination or infatuation with something he finds mysteriously beautiful.
I feel as though Miranda’s death was a quite significant part of the story. It interested me that Clegg barely felt remorse toward her dying and barely did anything to stop it. I felt as though if he wanted to keep her for his own selfish desires, he would at least try to keep her alive for himself. The fact that he didn’t do anything shows that he failed to connect with her in any real human way. At the finish, Clegg begins to wonder about another girl he sees on the street while moving Miranda’s body. It’s almost as if he does not see the girls as people but as beautiful objects that he believes will fill his empty heart if he captures them for himself.
I have questions regarding Clegg’s sexual desires toward Miranda. In the part of the story in which Miranda attempts to get in bed with Clegg, it almost seems as though Clegg is not sexually interested in her, which I find strange. When she kisses him and undresses herself, he feels too uncomfortable and does not enjoy it. It seems as though he enjoys her sexually when he takes nude pictures of her, but will not actually act upon it. I want to further explore and figure out the core of his desires with Miranda, because they are not very clear in the story.
I plan to research the various references within the text that Clegg and Miranda allude to such as The Tempest and Shakespeare. I feel that these aspects of the story will give me greater insight to the story and will allow me to further analyze the psychological aspects of each character. I also want to look at different psychological theorists such as Freud and Jung again. Then, I can form a network of different ideas as I did in the last project Cinematic Inquiry and develop deeper analysis of the book.