Matrim Fox Cauthon Posted February 17, 2009 Share Posted February 17, 2009 [quote name='Kalbear' post='1689891' date='Feb 17 2009, 17.10']I guess I don't see it that way. Seswatha's a woman, but what she does and that history changes nothing. Witches are burned other than the Mandate, who exist mostly because they hold the Gnosis and no other school can compete with that power (which is EXACTLY the case in the series through PoN now). The current culture hates the Mandate in either story, though there would be a bit more hatred of them for being women, I suppose; they'd still be either shunned or courted for their usefulness. Akka's primary trait of being a teacher and being wanted by royalty to teach doesn't need to change, nor does Akka's relationship with Inrau. It does get tricky with Akka being 'turned' to want Kellhus, though this isn't that hard in the text given Moe's power over Cnaiur; it's fairly well established anyway. But I could see that being something of an outcry, though Akka's rejection would be fairly awesome. Or you could go as we talked about before - make akka not interesting to Kellhus because she's not fertile any more. In which case Esme loving Akka and then Kellhus just makes her bi. To each their own, but I don't see it as particularly tokenistic; complaining about the central character in a story about gender relations being a woman and saying that's a token is like saying the Handmaid's tale should have been about a man because a woman is tokenistic there too.[/quote]Again, because it highly appears to be the case that Akka's masculinity is intrinsic to the quality of the story's integrity. He is a challenge to the other depictions of masculinity seen in the novels. The Mandate are not allowed to marry and they sell their souls to win the world. Esmi is Akka's link outside of that world, and his attempt to reach out for a normal non-sorcerers life. I'm not sure if the fullness of Akka's relationship with Esmi could be captured by turning Akka into a female. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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