The Crooked Man Summary

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For this task, I’ve chosen the short story about sexual orientation called ‘The Crooked Man’ written by Charles Beaumont. As I’ve already stated in my appreciation of ‘The Cut-Glass Bowl’, I’m not a huge fan of short stories. However this one pleasantly surprised me. It’s a very intriguing story, which I would love to read a sequel of.
This story narrates one particular evening of a guy, called Jesse. The author really focussed on his thoughts and emotions. Jesse lives in a world where being a part of the LGBT-community is the most common thing, being heterosexual is even illegal. The author gives the impression that the story will have a happy ending, that the queer protagonist Jesse and his girlfriend will live happily ever after. The truth is way worse: when his girlfriend Mina sneaks into a bar, dressed up as a guy, they’re busted and are both condemned to undergo the Cure. This is a program to heal heterosexuals of their disease.
The Cure is a real cruel thing, it makes people think they aren’t normal or have a malfunction. The author says: ‘Take out a few glands, make a
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Tumblr is a place where mostly teenagers find their spot to be their anonymous real self. This community is really progressive, it’s for instance nothing weird to use pronouns that don’t match your gender on this online platform. The context of the conversation is quite strange, but only the 4th comment is relevant for this paper. It says “Tumblr made us forget that some people are actually straight”, which reminded me a lot of the short story. On this site, it’s so easy to come out as LGBT, because everyone is so open-minded, that it’s unusual if someone is actually queer. Being heterosexual is almost seen as something weird, which isn’t the purpose at all. It’s a good evolution compared to the ban in some countries, but we should be cautious not to

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