Fifty Shades of Grey is a good lesson about child abuse and how it can affect a person when he or she grows up.
The main characters of the book are:
The minor characters are:
Mrs. Jones – the housekeeper
Mia Grey – Christian’s adopted sister
Taylor – Head of security and Christian’s right hand man
Elliot Grey – Christian’s brother
Kate Kavanagh – Anastasia’s best friend
Grace Grey – doctor and Christian’s adoptive mother
Carrick Grey – Christian’s adoptive father
Mrs. Robinson – a former dominatrix and later friend of Christian Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey is part of a trilogy which is written by E. L. James. This is a rather dark story which includes child abuse, sadism, and sexual domination. For me, this book is interesting from a clinical psychological perspective. The book shows how a single virgin woman can be indoctrinated in sexual and physical abuse and begins to think of it as normal and even enjoyable to a certain degree.
To give some background to the book, Christian was born to a crack addict mother. The mother’s boyfriend was extremely abusive to him as a toddler. The boyfriend would put cigarettes out on little Christian. His mother died of an overdose of crack and the boyfriend fled when he found her dead. He left Christian alone with his dead mother. Christian stayed with his deceased mom for 3 days before he was discovered and taken to the emergency room. He was starved because he couldn’t find anything to eat. Due to him being deprived of food he became hung up on the women in his life getting enough to eat.
The doctor on call the night Christian was brought into the ER was Dr. Grace Grey. Dr. Grey soon adopts little Christian. He is so traumatized that he didn’t talk for a long time.
When Christian was a teenager he was introduced to sadomasochistic sex. He became a submissive who belonged to a woman named Mrs. Robinson. As he became older Christian stopped being Mrs. Robinson’s submissive and became a dominator in his own home. He had submissives that lived in his home and did what he said with no questions asked. None of his family or anyone else knew about his secret sexual preference.
Anastasia, also called Ana, comes into Christian’s life after she was sent to interview Christian by her best friend. For a time, both Christian and Anastasia become drawn together. Christian reveals that he is a dominator and wants her to be his submissive. She thinks about it and accepts his offer. The chemistry between them is through the roof. Anastasia has sex for the first time in her life with a man who loves to inflict pain on his submissives.
As you read on you see that Ana becomes indoctrinated in Christian’s deviant sexual fantasies. Ana is whipped with a belt. She is also whipped with a riding crop. She is bound with hand and feet restraints as Christian has his way with her. In a way, the darkness in this story reminds me of the character Dexter on the TV series called Dexter which can be seen on HBO. Though, Christian is not a serial killer. He never killed anyone, but his dark personality reminds me of Dexter’s dark personality.
Fifty Shades of Grey makes me think of how anyone can become a sadist. It also makes me wonder how a young virgin woman can be sucked into this kind of life and fall in love with her abuser. To prevent injury to the submissives, Christian gives them a safe word which tells Christian that he has gone too far and the submissives can’t take any more abuse. The safe word or words is the safety valve that prevents Christian from accidentally causing physical and emotional injury. It’s also a safety valve which prevents Christian from accidentally killing his submissives, should he get carried away in the moment of inflicting pain on them.
Ana doesn’t make a good submissive because she has a hard time being told what to do. She is in love with Christian long before he knows it, and she takes much abuse and actually is titillated by most of it.
I would recommend this book, Fifty Shades of Grey, to anyone who is interested in deviant sexual behavior. It’s a great read, and is quite titillating. However, I wouldn’t want young teenagers to read this book due to the explicit language and dark, sadistic activities in the book.
You can purchase this book online to download into your eReader, or you can buy it as a soft cover book in book stores, and Amazon.com and other online stores. I paid $9.99 for this book as a download to my eReader. The paperback version is $9.57 on Amazon.com.
I won’t say any more about the book so I won’t ruin it for you. To learn more how Christian develops towards normalcy you will need to read book 2 and 3 of the trilogy.