Getting Foxy With The Supernatural Essay

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In Kij Johnson’s, “Fox Magic”, the writer depicts a world where magic exist and foxes posess deceiving powers that can mislead mortals. Within many fantasy stories though there are situations that should concern modern time readers. In this story, it would seem that the concern would be both sexes have different ways of controlling and taking advantage of the opposite sex. The mythical characters chosen for this story are foxes that possess supernatural powers. This is estranged for this modern day world and really pulls the reader in by catching their attention. Throughout the story you see what different roles each sex plays such as, how dependent women are on men, how men feel ...view middle of the document...

57% of men admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had. And 54% of women admit to committing to infidelity in any relationship they’ve had.” (Statistics Brain). How the fox perceives what a relationship is like and how people at this day and age are like is quite sickening because they are both very similar. This why “Fox Magic” should concern readers because this story is not much different from how society truly is today when it comes to loyalty and trust in a relationship.
The next concern that appeared in the story was how dependent Yoshifuji’s wife was on him. The wife’s lack of self-reliance and how desperately she yearns for her husband’s attention is very heart breaking. Yoshifuji locks her wife up in the house and doesn’t really take her out and about as he should. Although her husband means well it is obvious how controlling he is over her and how she allows him to belittle her the way he does. The wife’s way of living is expressed by the lady fox that states,
“Still, I felt a little sorry for his wife. Her rooms were the innermost of the north wing, with layers of shoji screens and bamboo blinds and curtains-of-state between us, but it was the seventh month, and she left as many of these open as she decently could, and sometimes I saw her, almost lost in the shadows of the dark-eaved house. She had a handful of women: they played children's games with tops and hoops; they practiced their calligraphy; they wrote poems; they called out the plaited-palm carriages and went to the monastery and listened to the sutras being read. It seemed clear that all these things were merely to fill her time until Yoshifuji came to her. Her life was full of twilight and waiting; but I envied her, for the moments he did spend with her.”
This paragraph simply expresses how sheltered Yoshifuji’s wife is but due to her unconditional love for him and her desire to please and be with him she adjusts to her shielded way of living. It is also very surprising that all though she is aware of his disloyalty and knows about his affairs she still sticks with her husband through the thick and thin. The power that Yoshifuji has over his wife is disgusting because although he believes his attentions are good, his passive aggressive behavior says otherwise. This part of the story should concern readers because the relationship that the characters have in “Fox Magic” is poisonous and abusive. In present day relationships, it is sad to say that a lot of relationships are poisonous for one of the people involved. By poisonous it could mean a variety of things: an over protective boyfriend/girlfriend, a verbally abusive boyfriend/girlfriend, or even a relationship where a person is made to believe that they cannot do certain things without making the significant other bad. There are many cases where those examples come up and although friends and family can try to convince that person that they are being neglected, in their eyes...

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