In general, the relationship is a tragedy about an intimate same sex relationship. The relationship between Ishmael and Queequeg tends to transcend intimacy and approach eroticism. The views expressed in the text do not necessarily reflect the author's opinions. Rather, the text is an expression of an opinion about sexuality that does exist and that the author wishes to comment on. Works Cited Melville, Herman.
In fact, in the early nineteenth century many letters and diaries that have been examined show that middle class men and women of all ages participate in relations that verged on sexual- homosexual love. Today these acts would be judged as homoerotic, yet were viewed with tolerance and were even encouraged by leading middle class moralists. Readers of the time took little notice to poets like Whitman, not even to condemn them for immorality, a charge which they typically reserved for poems with heterosexual themes (Killingsworth 98). Whitman was a unique poet and a... ... middle of paper ... ...e had no idea when writing this work what the future would hold, we are now reading this in our literature class. Is this really appropriate?
in Reynolds, 199). According to David S. Reynolds, “The search for details of Whitman’s private sexual activities may be doomed to failure, but his role as a far-ranging observer of the sexual mores and literature of his time is more to the point…” (
A critical analysis of Oscar Wildes only novel would yield that it is in fact a homosexual allegory of doomed, forbidden passion. The relationship between Lord Henry and Dorian, as well as Basil and Dorian is, clearly Homoerotic and must’ve shocked Victorian society. Although Wilde halts short of stating that Basil and Lord Henry have sexual feelings for Dorian , the language he uses to describe their devotion for Dorian is unmistakably the language of deep, romantic intimacy. “Tell me more about Mr. Dorian Gray. How often do you see him?”.
The relationship between Oscar Wilde’s text, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Queer Theory appears in subtle aesthetic references due to Oscar Wilde’s inhabitance of a society highly intolerant of homosexuality. Queer theory relies on the idea of mismatches between sex, gender, and desire. Wilde portrays the young protagonist Dorian Gray with his obsession for beauty and the ultimate youthful appearance as well as subtle homosexual characteristics towards Basil Howard, the artist. Thus, Dorian effectively represents an androgynous character through his blurred boundaries between the roles of man and woman in the late 19th century society. Another idea of Queer theory acknowledges the gap between the actions of a character and the actual identity and feeling of the same character and the languages regarding homosexuality derive from a mainstream culture.
Finally, using some recent interpretations, this essay will try to depict how the new obtained sexual freedom, Ginsberg’s affirmed homosexuality, led the public perception to a paradoxical being of a marginalized conformist and a sort of popular hero, at least for the fans. Allen Ginsberg confessed the intention to “defy the system of academic poetry, official reviews, New York publishing machinery, national sobriety and generally accepted standards to good taste” (qtd. in Tyler Hoffman 128). These were the poet’s answers to decay and disillusion. The technique used to deny the tradition was similar to the Dadaist approach by using spontaneity as a method of composition.
If he did have adulterous relationships it was just because they lusted each other and did not love each other. These adulterous relationships were entirely sexual. And that is what Bennett is trying to state. Nevertheless Donne’s poetry is very compelling, full of great metaphors and really gives youa sense what he is feeling. The feeling of love can be felt throughout, true love.
In reading the comedies of Aristophanes, modern readers are able to catch a rich glimpse of the gender norms and expectations of his time. Visions of power-hungry, crafty women and bumbling, foolish men pervade his plays and reveal ancient Greek views and stereotypes regarding male and female roles. One of the more complicated concepts to grasp, however, is Aristophanes’ true sentiment regarding homosexual love and practice. The aim of this paper is to compare Aristophanes’ presentation of homoeroticism in The Women at the Thesmophoria to that of his speech in Plato’s Symposium and attempt to clarify the playwright’s stance on the matter. In these two works, Aristophanes offers a mix of mocking and approving sentiments oh homosexual men and the practice of homosexuality itself.
Unlike the other modernist novels, Maurice does not experiment much with language, form or style. However, its modernist ethos lies in its transgressiveness – dealing with homosexual themes in the way Oscar Wilde anticipated modernism in the previous century. Michel Foucault in his essay “A Preface to Transgression” writes: “the whole of modern thought is imbued with the necessity of thinking the unthought…for modern thought, no morality is possible” (qtd. in Tambling 4). It is hereby interesting to look at Forster, a homosexual author, and his novel Maurice which raises and/o... ... middle of paper ... ... Cambride UP.
The play is a good example of how Williams, a homosexual, contributed to the "modern malaise" by undermining the legitimacy of heterosexual males, females and the family. Williams' complex motives may explain the motivation of feminists today. Homosexuals have suffered persecution. This doesn't automatically elevate them morally nor immunize them from political criticism. Personally, I believe in live-and-let-live.