(Fitzgerald 38). This strange scene, narrated by Nick Carraway of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one that has been interpreted in array of ways. But above all, through the lens of queer theory, the scene is indicative of Nick's non-heterosexuality. Once queer theory is applied to the whole novel, an entire new realm of possibilities emerge after characters are no longer expected to be heterosexual by default. Above all, one possibility prevails: through the lens of queer theory, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald uses internal monologue to show that Nick is in love with Gatsby.
Gender differences take a big place in every story and can lead to some conflicts. According to Cliffsnotes,“Gender stereotypes are simplistic generalizations about the gender attributes “(Cliffsnotes 1). In other words, it exists some stereotypes that categorized people. In A streetcar named Desire written by Tennessee Williams, there is some conflictual situations based on gender differences between Mitch, Stanley, Stella and Blanche. Based on this idea, each character represents a specific type of gender stereotypes.
In Jandy Nelson I’ll Give You The Sun the author employs many motifs throughout the novel to write about her not so typical california beach town. Art is used as a form of self expression, but in this story the characters use art to describe themselves and the objects around them. Using painters and sculptors to assimilate with, the characters aren’t so normal to everyone else in their town. Looking at this novel with a lense of both queer and psychoanalytic literary theory, this story fits the coloquials of homosexuality and highlights the development of the characters psyche. Jandy Nelson uses the motif of art to demonstrate that self expression is most important to be true to oneself because Jude and Noah can 't physically display their emotions so they show them through art.
Unfortunately the story was immediately considered as scandalous due to its references of homosexual desire. The story appears to be promoting the relationship between three men; Basil, Lord Henry and Dorian Gray, whom the two men admire and fascinate about. the immediate reaction of the readers of those times was rather negative due to superficiality of their judgements. Whether it was homosexuality or not both Oscar Wilde and Dorian Gray lived similar lives. Both enjoyed the pleasures in life but due to society’s intolerance and xenophobia both were outcasted.Despite homosexuality was condemned as evil, it was still widespread.
James Whale’s Frankenstein portrays the eponymous doctor (named Henry in this adaptation) as being sexually indefinite, for lack of a better word. His is a grey and complex sexuality, brimming with hints and nuances, but difficult to pin down exactly. Strong arguments could be made that he is heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or even asexual; but speaking solely of the movie’s depiction, it’s likely that he lies somewhere within the spectrum of bisexuality. Henry’s heterosexual tendencies are most obviously exhibited in his relationship with Elizabeth, his fiancée. Their romance is evidently quite intimate, as Elizabeth feels Henry important enough to embark on a strange and potentially perilous journey to locate him – even after Dr. Waldman informs her that Henry has lost his mind.
ABSTRACT Hubert Selby Jr’s Last Exit to Brooklyn represents a perspective in America that is often overlooked due to the rising success of the 1950’s after World War II. This novel covers controversial topics like from rape, violence, drugs, crime and homosexuality. Due to the manner in which the novel is presented, there is much debate on whether the genre of Selby’s literary work is naturalism, moral satire, or both. The goal of this paper is to correctly identify what genre the novel falls in by analyzing and investigating the components of each genre and how they differ, the context and background of the novel itself, the characters and their decisions, and outside resources in order to understand the true purpose of Selby’s work. KEY TERMS Naturalism Moral Satire Genre Crime Poverty Violence Drugs Fiction Last Exit to Brooklyn Hubert Selby MANUSCRIPT BODY Hubert Selby Jr. published his first novel, Last Exit to Brooklyn, in 1964.
As for Wilde, he was not necessarily a homosexual, but rather a bisexual man. Yet, in his writing he make references and writes about queer idea and themes. Such as he did in his poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”, which he wrote after his time in prison for acts of indecency. This poem shows his complicated feelings about his choices leading him to his situation and his homosexual tendency that lead to those choices. However, as he deepens his romantic relationship with
"Queer," as described in the video originated from the word "twerh” to mean oblique-the word having been rooted from terkw which in German means "to twist, turn, wind." Queer scholars and activists having identified the term as demeaning came to reclaim its meaning to that which did not lean towards the identity of gay. The term "queer" is a multi-faceted word can be used both positively and negatively by different people. Some people may refer to this term as something strange, derogatory or even an identity to people whose gender or sex is non-conforming. However, many people now view this term positively to mean all-inclusive, an umbrella term, or an academic term applied in the context of queer theory and queer studies.
Some of the recurring themes in works of postmodern literature turned out to be paranoia, minimalism, metafiction and twists on heroism. Heroism came to be a debatable topic in analysis of postmodern literature because of the arguable diversity between the novels. However, it’s sole purpose was not just to entertain, but like most art, for the author to express themselves in a way they haven’t been able to. As a result, Catch-22 presents Yossarian as an anti-hero used by its author, Joseph Heller, to introduce his opinion on war, war heroes and the current social status of the United States. The altered perception of heroism, believed to be present in only some works of postmodern literature, is used to convey the author’s state of mind to the reader in an
Homosexuality is defined as ‘having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to members of one’s own sex’ (American Psychological Association, n.d.). LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) movements have been increasingly influential all over the world and homosexuality has been under heated debate. In his article ‘Why Homosexuality is Abnormal’, Michael Levin puts forward a number of arguments to support his contention, as well as provides counterarguments to potential criticisms. Finally he expresses his opinion on legislation on homosexuality based on his stance. In the following paragraphs, I shall analyse his main contention and arguments, discuss the implications on the situation of Hong Kong and comment on his arguments.
Consequently, a historian needs to look outside of traditional archival sources in an attempt to locate the individual’s voice. One strategy is to study the prevalent gay and lesbian themed fiction available at the time. Commercial rental libraries were scattered throughout Chicago. Even though many featured the tragic homosexual trope, this literature allowed gay men and lesbians a glimpse into a world they may have previously not known. According to David K. Johnson, the queer life portrayed in these novels “provided the discourse which gay men [and lesbians] interpreted their experiences.” Kevin Mumford adds that homosexuals just beginning to grapple “with a conflicted sexual desire … sought to make sense of their feelings by readings texts that dared to mention the unspeakable