Throughout many years, literature has been a way for authors to show certain topics that are not widely talked about, whether they were controversial ideas that led to debates, or just subdue topics. Often times authors might use literature to show transgressions in a society that most would disapprove of or sometimes literature is used to show the social constructs of a society. In the Victorian Gothic Era, many authors such as Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu displayed homosexuality through theme of horror. In the ways how supernatural beings do not fit within societal norms allow them to be a representation for homosexuality. In Le Fanu’s novel Carmilla, in the ways how the female vampire Carmilla is outcasted is a representation of homosexual oppression.
Many historians believe that Richard was a homosexual, and rumors of his dalliances with other men were whispered during his lifetime. I will argue that the Gawain poet shaped his subject matter, a tale of Arthurian legend, to suit the secret tastes of his king. The author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight uses homoerotic imagery, homosocial bonding, and triangulation of desire to reveal a coded celebration of homosexual love. The poet uses homoerotic imagery throughout the poem to reveal the desire that Sir Gawain and Lord Bertilak feel for each other. Throughout the course of
Another key point is that Hyde is accused of blackmailing Jekyll by Enfield as he calls Hyde’s house the “Black Mail House” (Stevenson 5). It was not uncommon knowledge in the 19th century that homosexuals were blackmailed by both straight men and other homosexuals (Norton). Stevenson’s portrayal of Mr. Hyde illustrates to the audience on the dark side of being a homosexual in the
This is irritating to many men because the modern media allows programs that depict men negatively to air on a regular basis, resulting in gender inequality in the media. This does not mean to depict more unintelligent women to “even the playing field”, but if more shows depicted intelligent men in addition to intelligent women, then it will be a good step for reducing gender inequality and the risk of
___ Bronski, in surveying his personal archive, found that works of classic gay literature “were epitomized by self-hatred and ended in suicide, murder, or some other form of death” (Bronski 16). Generally, works published previous to the rise of gay liberation in the sixties, with notable exceptions such as Patricia Highman’s The Price of Salt, follow this formula. Negative and hopeless portrayals of queer individuals are not only because of publishing standards, but combine with how classifying homosexuality and addressing it as an identity was born out of the field of criminology, which sought to categorize sexuality while studying criminals and prove correlation between homosexual practice and crime. But considering that member of the queer community are more likely to experience violence, poverty, and mental illness as a result of discrimination they face because of their sexuality, these stories were not necessarily overreacting to harsh lives queer individuals
The men, however; define it differently, many are distant and secluded when it comes to expressing affection and love. This underlying theme significantly contributes to the overall storyline providing a unique characterization to each character, allowing the reader to really experience the character’s emotional development through the novel. The theme of love can be identified from the very beginning of the novel.
The poems Spinster and Siren song may appear quite different when they are first examined because of their diverse plot lines. The themes of the poems seem to be quite contradictory to each other. However when they are fully analyzed they begin to reveal themes that tie the two of them closer together than it might first seem. The protagonists of the two poems seem to have very different approaches in dealing with men that they encounter in their lives. The spinster, although very alluring to the men in her life, chooses to live a life of solitude.
Robert Hayden a poet who uses the tragic world around him to write his version of the truth. The work that Hayden has published contains several different meanings, but in almost every poem there is a small reference to the conflict of humanity. He does not want to believe that human decency is dead, he wishes to see the good in the world, but it is difficult when history contradicts his beliefs. He writes the truth and tells the world what he thinks without ever stating it directly. Robert Hayden, a man of many words, struggles with the conflict between the evil and the tiny shred of human decency that society still contains throughout his works or poetry.
This allowed for the possibility of all sex-related publications which were far more open than the existing English magazines. From the early 1950s onwards there thus appeared "perverse" or "manic" magazines (as they were called). These were informed about all kinds interests, including the sexual behaviour during the Japanese feudal past and this published and read in both the European and Asian communities. These magazines were furtermore not classified in hetero- or holebi themes, as it would be in 1970, but showed a wide range of "perverse satisfactions", including sado-masochism, scatology, travesticism, homosexuality and lesbianisme. These sheets published stories about holebi meeting venues and acted as a kind of public adds, in which men and women made their interests in sodomy or lesbians known.
Walt Whitman’s work transcended the notions considered taboo at that time, such as sexual experiences, Whitman openly and unapologetically translated through his work what others considered to be outrageous. His poems expressed sexual experiences and many other form of controversial elements. As I have previously stated “Walt Whitman, is a true inspiration and a pioneer of his generation when it comes to self-expression in a world not so forgiven by those who challenge the moral rules of society in which they live. In his poem titled Shut your doors he wrote: “Shut not your doors to me proud libraries.” In the other hand, The Trifles was the opposite of the work Whitman was engaged on, The Trifles clearly expressed the opposite of what Walt Whitman was doing. The Trifles depicted a reality where the socio dynamic between people of different gender or different part of the country.
Both of these topics were rarely studied in regards to gay friendships even though it is considered a central dynamic among men whose friends could also be their sexual and romantic partner. A flowchart illustrates the relationship between friendship and sexual activity among gay men and the possible scenarios such as: if a sexual fling or relationship begins, sex continues but no friendship develops, both individuals just become sex buddies. If sex ends between both individuals, there is a possibility to develop a casual close or best friendship. If sex ends, friendship never develops and is ruined. Chapter five describes who are the individuals that befriend gay men and where they meet.
My topic for this IB Individual oral presentation will be the affect that Edgar Allan Poe’s works had on his life. We already know that Poe was a very dark person and what I want to address is if he wrote such low-spirited things due to his gloomy life or if it was the writing that turned him into the dreadfully sad man he was. I have chosen this topic because Edgar Allan Poe was a very mysterious man and I find it interesting that his short stories and poems may display some of what he was feeling as if they explained his enigmatic life, but was it because he was felt more comfortable in his stories than the real world? I have three pieces that will be addressed in my IOP and they are The Raven, The Black Cat and Alone. The raven and Alone
He wants something meaningful and special. To me, this is why he is so hesitant of finding love, because he is afraid that he will settle for something less than what a real relationship is supposed to be worth. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot is indeed a poem written with great intelligence. Using literary devices such as allusion and imagery helps express the true meaning with much detail and depth. From my understanding, J. Alfred Prufrock is a man that is full of regret, wishing that he would have actually done certain things while he had time, and wishing that he could have found love.
Meuret 1 In Lois Tyson’s novel, Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide, he voices about lesbian criticism, gay criticism, and queer criticism and theory that are branches under the school of LGBTQ theory. LGBTQ’s main objective is to make more than one sexual orientation known and to have that writer’s experience (of sexual orientation) be significant in their literary work, specifically homosexuals. This drawback of sexual discrimination does not just portray to homosexual writers, but in society overall. Furthermore, this issue that homosexuals undergo is the result of the lack of knowledge that heterosexuals contain for the queer community. Queer is a term in which all nonstraight people can be categorized under and have a sense of