Hanna’s Dominance Over Michael

In the first part of the book, The Reader, written by Bernhard Schlink and first published in 1995, the dominance of Hanna, a 36 year old woman, over Michael, a 15 year old boy, is often clear. It starts with when they sleep together. She takes takes possession of him and he puts up with it; it is okay for Michael. Hanna’s dominance over Michael is always particularly clear when they argue. He always admits to having done something he has not done just to avoid losing Hanna. When the time of the story passes on, he does not like this anymore and he feels resentment, but he playes this role anyway because of he is afraid of losing Hanna. Michael allows her to increase the dominance over him, just so she stays with him. It seems like Hanna needs the warmth of his excuses and humiliation.

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