Deconstruction of “Salt Fish Girl” by Larissa Lai


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Essay #: 053213
Total text length is 4,874 characters (approximately 3.4 pages).

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Deconstruction of "Salt Fish Girl" by Larissa Lai 
"Salt Fish Girl" by Larissa Lai is centered in man’s fascination with technology taking man’s place in the world. Lai’s novel is filled with cyborgs and the myth of their relationship with man. Man and the cyborg have been on a collision course since the creation of advanced robotic technology. The brilliance of Lai’s literary talent is seen in her ability to take a predominantly western creation of the cyborg and integrate it with Chinese myth of the creation story of man. The literary canon Hans Christian Andersen and the Bible are tools Lai uses to illustrate her unique craft of merging cultures in her writing. For Lai myth creates possibilities instead of binding us to an archaic...
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.....als property rights is seen in the eagerness to integrate humanness with technology, animals and plants throughout the novel. The simple fact that the cyborg is used to oppress means that the individual has no rights—capitalism cannot exist in an environment where the individual has no rights. 
"Salt Fish Girl" is a retelling of human creation and man’s struggle with free will and all the pain that comes with being human. Whether in the genre of science fiction or not the human condition is what all stories are written about. The novel is a story that places pleasure before practicality. This theme is a summation of man’s struggle to conquer his own free will.
Work Cited
Lai, Larissa. Salt Fish Girl. Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers,