The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - The Panopticon Summary & Analysis

E. Lockhart
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The Panopticon Summary

Though Frankie doesn't see much of Matthew for the next few weeks, she can't stop thinking about him. She also takes a class called "Cities, Art, and Protest", taught by Ms. Jensson. They study city planning, architecture criticism, a history of Paris, and learn about the panopticon, a design of philosopher Jeremy Bentham's, which allows a guard to watch over prisoners without the prisoners realizing when they are or are not being watched.

She reads Michel Foucault, who argues Western society is the same way- that it feels as if someone is always watching you.

The Panopticon Analysis

E. Lockhart's ability to effortlessly include philosophy and ideas into the novel begins here with the use of Bentham's Panopticon, and Michel Foucoult's idea that people are always being watched and judged. Frankie doesn't like being watched or judged and this dislike of...

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