Gendered Relationships in The Fever (Female Divide :female_sign: (Skye…
Gendered Relationships in The Fever
Male Divide: :male_sign:
Sean Lurie :pizza:
Sexual link :kiss:
Lise & Sean 'didn't fuck' (Abbott 236) they just 'messed around' (Abbott 236) . In contrast, Sean takes Deenie's virginity. Showing the secret sexual interconnections between best friends.
url link to Psychology Today article about psychological effects of multiple sexual partners in today's society.
Tom Nash :apple:
Family link :family:
Generational divide between a father and his children.
Eli Nash :ice_hockey_stick_and_puck:
Transformation link: The old self dies and is replaced with new self. Nightmare sequence 'what if I woke up and I was gone' (Abbott 123).Link to Lise: Theme of Doubles, both faces are split in two.
Immune to Skye's poison just like Deenie and Skye are immune to Fever. Even the poison's effects are gendered.
Uniting Factor: "Mass Psychogenic Illness" :pill:(Abbott 291)
Fear of the unknown unites the genders together as the parents join forces against the Fever. However it creates further schisms between the parents and the school representatives. Private vs Public sector.
Website url link to 2018 news article about parents protesting fatal school vaccine
Female Divide :female_sign:
Skye Osbourne: The True Criminal :skull:
Website url link to contemporary crime news article about 12yr old girl's attempt to poison entire school for revenge over brother's death.
Criminal described in non-human ways. Hair 'white as a witch' (Abbott 240) & the body of a snake :snake:
Criminal link: :forbidden: Master (Skye) and her Puppet (Gabby) whose body 'jerked like a pull-string toy' (Abbott 89).
Lise Daniels:Patient Zero :zero:
Her Fever is a deadly reaction to "Datura stramonium"-the attempted murder weapon is a white flower. :white_flower:
Much like Eli, Lise's old self dies whenever going through puberty. Doubles: '
Her face, it wasn't hers. It wasn't her. It was two pieces that didn't go together and neither of them were Lise'
(Abbott 50). :neutral_face:
Deenie Nash :mag: The Detective
Immunity to Fever link: :check:
Gabby Bishop: The Catalyst: :warning:
Her Fever triggers the other girls because afterall 'everyone wanted to be like Gabby' (Abbott 296). References to
1973 are made in the different ways the Fever takes possession of the girl's bodies. Gabby's seizure makes her neck twist around like Regan's.
Jaymie Hurwich: :eyes: Repetitive blinking, all Fevers suggest something is trying to get out of their bodies.
Brooke Campos: :fire: Literal Fever which feels like 'something is burning inside...' (Abbott 181).
Kim Court :newspaper: 'a blur of vomit' (Abbott 155) is an homage to Regan's pea soup vomit. The 'piano-tinkling score from
' (Abbott 155) plays during news coverage of Kim's Fever.
Intertextuality: Regan MacNeil's body is possessed by a demonic spirit in William Friedkin's 1973 Horror movie