The Windup Girl Essay

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In the novel The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi questions whether one can overcome their own programming through the character of Emiko. He introduces us to Emiko who is genetically programmed and psychologically conditioned to seek and obey a master. At first Emiko shows no sign of hope. She lives her life everyday with resentment of who she is. Until Anderson gives her a reason to hope. He tells Emiko about a place where windups live without owners, which makes her want to survive. In order to achieve this future she needs to be in control of her present. Since Raleigh is in control of her, she must first overcome her programming and get control so that she can become her own person. ...view middle of the document...

Since she was engineered to obey and please her owner, she has never gone against someone in fear of the consequences. She knows that if she would to speak up and say how she feels about certain things, the outcome would be far worse, therefore “if she remains silent the abuse will end soon” (38). She believes that it is better for her to remain silent than to say anything to Raleigh or Kannika, but of course things change after Emiko finds herself a reason to live. All the training she went through to learn how to serve and how to honor their patron has caused Emiko to never think about being her own master and serving her own needs. Her programming never allowed her to have hope and to think that she is worth something. She has ultimately been subjugated to think against New People, when Emiko herself is one of them (155). A reason to that, can be her training itself. She was told that if she did her duty that when they die, they would be rewarded in the next life when they became full humans (153-154). She has been psychologically conditioned to think badly of New People and this is through the constant reinforcements of what is their purpose and who do they serve. Emiko slowly starts to understand that she may have another purpose in life, when she gets to the conclusion that “all the training and lashes from Mizumi-sensei were designed to keep this knowledge buried” and that knowledge that being buried is the ability to be true to her nature, which in this case is having another purpose other than to serve a master (254).
The first time that she feels as though she might have another purpose in life, is when Anderson tells her about the North, giving her a reason to believe. Anderson telling Emiko this accidently introduced her to a possibility of a future, something she never thought would happen. Instead of feeling bad about herself and allowing what other say about her affect her, she decided to change. To fight her nature and her programming thus allowing her to change perspectives. This bit of hope was a turning point to Emiko’s story line. It emphasized that even when Emiko was at her lowest and thought about killing herself, she didn’t. Like when Emiko was running away from the white shirts and trying to get into Andersons apartment without anyone catching her, she stops and thinks to herself “You foolish girl. Why do you try so hard to survive? Why not just jump and die? It would be so much simpler” and instead of going for it and killing herself she knows that “It is in her genetics, as deeply ingrained as her urge to please,” which she later found out that the person she was pleasing by not killing herself was indeed herself (333). As if she knew all along that if she would to hold on for a little bit longer something good will come out of all this. With a new perspective in life, Emiko can slowly understanding what it means to be human.
Upon Emiko finding out about the North, something in her changed, something she probably...

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