Cyclone of Horror and Violence in Male and Female Agencies in High-Rise

Document Type : Original Article


1 Islamic Azad University Tehran Central branch Iran

2 Department of Foreign Languages, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran



Dystopian fiction and the imagined world depicted in J.G. Ballard’ High-Rise have attracted the attention of neo-Marxist critics around the globe. The world in High-Rise is an example of a collapsed capitalist society which has degenerated internally. The hegemony is kept on the surface as positive sign of a system which apparently functions normally. However, a closer analysis of the female agencies in the novel indicates that these characters are doubly commodified by the system. This paper seeks to examine the status of the female characters in comparison with the male ones within the machine system of the building.

Ballard tells us that his characters seek salvation and to this end they might create their own mythologies. He tells Green Revell that “a lot of his fiction is “open-ended”. He claims that “I leave for the reader to decide what the moral and psychological conclusions to be drawn from my fiction should be.” High Rise (1975) by Ballard can be taken as a good example for analysis as an open-ended work. The characters in High Rise living in a super-modern apartment block which can symbolize a capitalist society.