The Power by Naomi Alderman


Write a fake obituary for the protagonist that shows understanding of your character as you see him or her: round, flat, dynamic, or static. See the and the NYTimes’ Portraits of Grief for some exemplars.

This is an obituary about Roxy Monke in The Power by Naomi Alderman

Oh, Roxy Monke died a peaceful yet horrible death, surrounded by both love and hate before her dreadful suicide at age 16, apparently caused by the ongoing voice in her head. The contumacious, bright, and munificent girl she was created hope. Hope for all young women that struggled with ‘The Power,’ and with this hope, Roxy forged an empire.


Roxy Monke was born and grew up in an English household in London. With a loving mother and crime- lord father, her life was tough. With the brutal death of her mother adding on to this, Roxy got closer to her father and eventually got sucked into his mob business. Initially ignored on the periphery of her family’s business, she discovers that the strength of her Power is almost unmatched and as such has an important role to play in the new order. Her story is that of dealing with suddenly being valued, and whether she allows the influence, she gains to change her fundamental beliefs and character.


“Roxy says, “We should kill him.”  Terry laughs, his dad gives him a look, and the laugh cuts off halfway through a breath” (page 52) Roxy was contumacious, ruthless one might say. In this part of the book, Roxy had begun to feel her power surging through her, and would do anything to disobey the voice in her head and kill. This says a lot about the innocent girl she once was to what she had become.  This trauma, together with her supernatural talents, leads to her helping out the Monke mob she’d been kept at a distance from formerly—initially in an isolated quest for revenge, but before long in a more widespread sense.


Roxy was also a bright young woman, with the brute and the brains to show it. “Some of the girls in the convent want to spar with Roxy, practice their skills. She’s up for it. They use the big lawn at the back of the building, leading down to the ocean. She takes them two or three at once, sidesteps them, hits them hard, confuses them till they jolt each other.” (page 120) This strategy and energy she brings are why she was loved, why she was honored as a fantastic warrior and an amazing woman in general. The role model she played for all those younger and older girls created a standard, and this standard lives on today, where women are gaining more and more power than ever before. This moment also brought out how generous Roxy is to give this people experience and knowledge for the future.


Speaking of generosity, Roxy Monke was known fondly as a munificent woman. She passed her knowledge on to the ones who needed it most, being one of the first people to experience the power. “ Roxy thinks when she reads that text, of the different firms that could have it in for them, and what “hurt” means. If it’s war, they need her home for sure.” (page 216) This moment Roxy had been messaged by her brother, that she had not seen in years. Roxy, the worry some and munificent person she was, decided to leave everything she had that moment, and go to help her brother in need.


A Funeral Service in memory of Roxy will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m., at the Oliver’s Funeral Home, 10005 – 107 Ave, Grande Prairie, with Rev. Jannet Malcolm officiating.


Forever remembered by the women of the world, Roxy Monke was the symbol of power and hope in the raging fire that was the world around her.


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