This post just makes up some closing remarks on the series, My Life in Numbers, you can find a full set of links to each post on our symbolism page. The series explores how an obscure reference in Fifty Shades of Grey to Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights tells us quite a bit about Ana and Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey. On the surface Fifty Shades of Grey appears to be just a romance novel, a fun escape from reality. But the deeper you dig into the series you find that EL James has cleverly hidden many hints about Christian, Ana and their relationship. These themes continue through the series with even more revealed in Grey when we get a chance to learn more about Christian’s thought process. But not matter how much symbolism is in the books, it all comes back to one line:
In the Twitter Q&A EL James revealed that her favorite line to write in all the books was:
.@JustGreysessed “Fuck the paperwork.”
— E L James (@E_L_James) June 29, 2015
From what we learned by looking at Bosch’s masterpiece in the last couple of weeks, it really sums up her intention with writing Ana’s and Christian’s story. She meant to write a love story in which an intelligent, strong woman saves a man. Christian is caught between the image his mind has procured of him in his head and the image of himself he created for the outside world. Ana, who herself is still looking for who she is, sees in both what these images truly are – masks. And from the very beginning she has the power to make him forget about them too. Fuck the paperwork – just forget hell.
Well, in the end it isn’t as easy as forgetting. You can’t just detach one panel without destroying the whole triptych. But you can readjust your focus. That’s what Ana helps Christian to understand while learning the same lesson herself. While nature gives us a hand full of cards to start with, and sometimes this hand is utter crap, our life is our story to tell.
Crissy and Aviva