In this context, I will be trying to analyze Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain and Carson McCullers’The Ballad of the Sad Café through a queer perspective and explain how the power of language reveals hidden identities. Brokeback Mountain is a tale about emotion and passion between two men, Ennis and Jack. They experience an erotic relationship which cannot be explained rationally, according to the societal standards of that era. The love and the erotic passion between these two menisvery strong and overwhelming, but fear does not allow this relationship to exist in the public sphere. For example, as Ennis tells Jack that “we do that in the wrong place we’ll be dead.
As reading this piece one of the main themes that highlights the story is what rivalry and jealousy can cause to a friendship. It is very common to find struggles between men and women in literary pieces, and on this novel it is possible to encounter several conflicts and struggles among men, in which some are succeeded and others aren’t. Throughout the novel, the two main characters experiences some internal and external conflicts. The two boys went on lots of adventures together, but in some of those they had to do things that they were not pleased to do, but did anyways because they didn’t want to disappoint one another. The main external conflict happens when Finny, whose actual name is Phineas, suffers an accident caused by Gene.
In the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby, the author identifies a huge problem throughout the novel. Fitzgerald provided us with many characters that displayed infidelity, for example Tom and Daisy. Daisy stayed married to Tom because of his great deal of money and assets, though deep down, she felt miserable and melancholy about the relationship. On the other hand Tom felt he could do as he pleased because of his physical stature and how much money he had. They would both constantly cheat on each other and have relationships with other partners, however they did not get a divorce due to their own selfish reasons.
A young couple who are still under the overprotect watch of their parents harbour great love towards each other. They want to express that love to each other but cannot because they are afraid of the consequences which may follow if their intentions were to become known by the public. Within the literature the author places several lines which indicate the strong urge of the secret couple wishing to engage in sexual intercourse
Romeo and Juliet is a story of love sprouting between two who were in families, or houses rather that were seen as enemies by the other family, but the story also consists of characters upholding higher meaning. One of these characters in particular, Mercutio holds a much deeper meaning than he is generally seen as. For example, Mercutio stands as a mediator between the two houses, he does not in particular prefer one over the other due to the fact that they both are shown as a disgrace under his words and he wishes for “a plague o’ both your houses” before his death. Then, later on he represents fate, he causes the fate for which the story falls upon indirectly and relates to the well-known law of motion that also applies to living beings because “every action has an equal and opposite reaction” clearly can be applied here. And to top it all off, he represents one who jokes too often can be one to joke his way to untimely death.
In Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin the lost soul that is David would much rather “play it safe” than live his best life. He does this because he has grown to be ashamed of his sexuality and who is in general. The author of this novel James Baldwin once said “love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” Since David is ashamed of himself he pretends to be someone he’s not and hides behind this “mask” of deceit in order to feel secure his body and in the unaccepting society he lives in. He grows so accustomed to this mask that he rejects love and the nakedness of vulnerability that would come with taking off this mask. Staying behind this mask to be who society deems as “normal” is David’s way of committing
The overt message of this film was the everyday struggles and fears of someone battling or coming to terms with their sexual identity, as well as, on a larger scale, we as individuals must let go and accept who we are. An additional underlying message of Love, Simon was friendship, as the main character struggled to keep his secret of being gay from his best friends because he was afraid of what they would think of him, and when he first came out it was to his close friend in the movie. She told him she loved him the same. This was a substantial scene in the movie. The covert message of the film was that, not everyone will be accepting of your sexual identity, and you need to determine whether or not it is safe for you to open up to people about it.
Do you know that being gay isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a sexuality? Did you know that some people in the world are attracted to people of the same gender, but it is still love and it should be just as valid as heterosexuality? Being gay has been treated as a horrible thing in history and still today. People are becoming more accepting of all love, no matter if it is between a woman and a woman, a man and a man, a woman and a man, or neither with either. Love prevails, but before that, ignorance had taken over.
His attraction for men was a taboo of his time, and as a religious man, went greatly against his religious morals. Therefore, we can argue the homophobic pressures of societal views of the time and his quench to establish his identity, may have led to the creative outburst in his poetry, which acted as an outlet to emotions and desires he had previously kept to himself. The evidence of his homosexual desires and thirst for love are clearly shown through his poetry works, ‘To Eros’, ‘Music’, and ‘Storm’. Whilst all three poems contain the theme of love, religion and desire, their presentation, message and overall effect on us is different in each piece. ‘Storm’, written in October 1916, describes the intimate feelings Owen experiences when meeting an unknown persona; there is a direct reference to his attraction to other men in the quote “his beauty lovelier than love”, the use of the word “his”, clearly emphasises that his feelings are directed at a male persona.