Chastity In The Millers

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When the Millers began to housesit, they also began to have sex every night, which shows the reality of the Millers’ social standing. Sex is a sign of power and control and Bill seems to be using it to compensate for his lack thereof. Being influenced by the Stones’ apartment daily, he becomes more aware of the things he does not have and therefore holds onto the things that he can have. Fussell notes, “Another sign of upper-middle class is its chastity in sexual display…” (33). This reveals that the Millers are not upper middle class but something below as they seem to have sex every night. Evidently, the Millers sexual actions emphasize their social insecurity. Bill practically compensates for not having what the Stones have by having sex
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