The Remote in Escape from Spiderhead

Escape from Spiderhead is all about power dynamics and binaries. There is a very clear power dynamic from the very beginning: Abnesti is in the position of power, and Jeff is required to submit to him. This power dynamic is reinforced by the technology of the world in which the story is set, as it states early on in the story, “Abnesti used his remote. My MobiPak whirred” (45). Abnesti has the control in this situation, because he has the remote. As the story continues, we see the way that Abnesti exercises his power over Jeff and other subjects and finally, at the end of the story, Jeff takes back power by using the remote himself. The remote in this story is a tangible representation of the power dynamic regarding Abnesti, Jeff, and the others.

One thought on “The Remote in Escape from Spiderhead

  1. MAYA L

    This is really interesting! I didn’t think about the fact that the remote is a symbol of the power struggle within the story. I think the fact that Jeff only uses the remote on himself is proof that he’s better than Absenti. Instead of maybe trying to change Absenti’s drip in retaliation, he knows the only person he’s allowed to control is himself.

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