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Who Wears The Pants In “Nobody Knows”

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Sally Adair Rigsbee says that in the story “Nobody Knows” George Willard “takes advantage of the subordinate position of Louise Trunnion...” (Sally Adair Rigsbee, 184) Yet, I do not believe this is the case and I view the story to show almost the exact opposite. To me, “Nobody Knows” is a story about reversed gender roles in losing one's virginity disguised as a story with traditional gender roles in having sex. It is a trap constructed by Sherwood Andersen in an almost surreptitious way that can be both easy to see through and fall into, and in this case I think Rigsbee did the latter. In this story I see George Willard take on a more feminine role while appearing to be the masculine and ...view middle of the document...

Rigsbee also claims that George is taking advantage of Louise because he is “impersonally using her for sexual adventure.” (Rigsbee, 184) While I do think she has a point here, since there seem to be no feelings held for Louise by George, I believe George and Louise's situation is less of a case of George using Louise, and more of a case of Louise allowing George to use her in this way. Additionally Louise seems to be using George as much as he is using her. Nothing happens throughout the story that she is not prepared for and she never looses her composure. She is continuously leading George on, which is something I feel that Rigsbee either does not see, or ignores.Every time George gains or acts in a masculine way, it is because Louise gave him a subtle nudge in that direction and let him feel as though he was the one controlling the situation using his ego and pride.
Rigsbee seem to think that George’s “control” over the situation is proven by the fact that “[George] sees women only as objects to be used to expand his own sense of personal power.” (Rigsbee, 184) I do not believe that this point is quite accurate for the whole book but it does hold merit for this story. George does see Louise as a means to an end, which is more of a masculine thing to do, feeding the illusion that he is the masculine. Andersen proves this further when he shows George wanting to tell another man of his “conquest” even though he stays quiet in the end. Despite this, he is still not completely in control of what is going on. In the last line he says “'She hasn't got anything on me. Nobody knows.'” (Andersen, 29) despite the fact that we...

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