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Following a severe accident, James Ballard discovers and develops his own concepts of sexual pleasure involving cars, bisexuality as well as automobile crashes including their visual aftermaths.
Overall, the novel explores the psychological effects of technological developments and hence approaches a sexual fetish in which the traditional idea of sexuality functioning to procreate is substituted by constructing a technology estheticism. Defining normal sexual behavior as an act of procreation between man and woman, a sexual fetish becomes abnormal since it violates this traditional idea.
Particularly, a sexual fetish replaces elements of common sexuality by means of finding pleasure in feet, shoes or modern technology as in Crash. Setting the story near London airport, Ballard employs the symbolic meaning of airports conveying coldness, functionality as well as loud noises of heavy machinery.
Moreover, the motif of flying airplanes symbolizes the climax of human technological development. In modern society, cars generally symbolize freedom, independence, power, success and speed as the most basic associations. In Crash however, the car becomes an esthetic object bearing eroticism strongly connected to human sexuality.
James Ballard does not only experience his sexual acts in cars, he also begins to consider the car an appealing sexual object.
Consequently, James Ballard feels a personal change in his own sexuality which becomes increasingly dehumanized. This description goes even a step further as Vaughan does not only get stimulated by the thought of the car but also turns the object into an active participant of his own sexual activity. The car becomes the object of a sexual fetish. James Ballard realizes his personal drive to a new form of sexuality after experiencing his first severe car crash. Along with car crash fetish rather unusual sexual desires and activities, the narrator also starts to develop a sexual enjoyment of the imperfect features of the human body such as flawed forms, scars and injuries due to car crashes.
Most obviously, James Ballard finds these excitements composing his fetish in his homosexual appeal to Vaughan. Most prominently, the idea of fetishism in Crash becomes apparent when regarding the character of Vaughan. His own deformed and scarred appearance, his collection of car-crash material for a new TV project and the involvements of cars and car-crash obscurities in his own sexual acts all add up to an image of a man who is completely obsessed by his car-crash fetish.
In conclusion, Crash explicitly displays a sexual fetish for car-crashes. Considering the novel in the broader context of the postmodernism, the following questions arise: What exactly triggers off the withdrawal from the traditional concept of human sexuality? Does the rise and influence of popular culture lead to uniformity in thought and thus cause a development of various kinds of fetishisms?
Does modern technology eventually direct sexual fetishes for technology to become a common human feature? Regardless how the answers are, Crash features a shocking, scandalous but thought-provoking narrative giving its valuable contribution to the canon of postmodern literature.
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