Sexuality and the struggle for identity

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  • SEXUALITY
    • Play
      • THE HISTORY BOYS
        • Hector and Irwin take two completely different approaches in suppressing their sexuality
          • Hector marries although is unable to suppress all inclinations for he fondles the boys on his motorcycle
          • Irwin refrains from discussing it with anyone; being quite tight lipped
            • However this results a sense of isolation for both Irwin and Hector
              • Hector marries although is unable to suppress all inclinations for he fondles the boys on his motorcycle
        • Fiona is treated with a complete lack of respect by Dakin who is desperate to make advances
          • The Hun
            • An offensive term directed at the Germans during WWI
      • BENT
        • Max is ashamed of his identity and consistently denies his association to Rudy
          • He opts to be a Jew rather than a gay in Dachau
            • Lowest of the low
        • Horst is proud of it
        • Even under difficult circumstances, sexuality can still be expressed
          • We fucking did it!
            • Expletive exaggerates their accomplishment of having an orgasm
      • ANGELS IN AMERICA
        • Due to his role in society, Cohn feels he needs to live about his illness and so he wouldn't be associated with homosexuals
          • Liver cancer
        • Internal struggle for he has difficulty in defining himself
          • I'm a heterosexual man who fucks with men
    • Poem
      • QUEEN HEROD
        • The fiery connection between the narrator and the Black Queen
          • Insolent lust
          • It is unable to be developed- suppression
        • Carnal desire for a female relationship
          • Felt her urgent warnings scald my ear
        • No connection between her and her husband; reveals her true inclination s
          • Fusty bulk
    • Prose
      • THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT
        • Embraces his sexuality
          • Could not ignore my predicament
            • Does acknowledge although that it is a 'predicament' which highlights the societal pressures
              • Restricting circumstance
      • THE HANDMAID'S TALE
        • Denied to express any passion; she has a cold and clincial perception during 'the ceremony'
          • Fucks
      • ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT
        • She embraces her lesbianism although this makes her an outcast from her religious society
          • Pillars hold things up, and salt keeps things clean but it's a poor exchange for losing yourself
            • She acknowledges the benefits of 'pillars and salt' yet her identity she conveys is more worthy than that
      • THE COLOR PURPLE
        • Celie explores a relationship with Shrug for she is unhappy in her marriage
          • This is an expression of isolation that she feels within her marriage
        • Celie and Shrug are sisterlike as well as sexual; sexual orientation is difficult to define
          • Us sleep like sisters, me and Shrug

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