? ?The Spirit Unappeased and Peregrine? : Jude the Obscure.? Critical Essays on Thomas Hardy: The Novels. Dale Kramer.
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In other words, Okonkwo is strongly driven towards men as sexual objects, but he is not conscious of those feelings, and denies them. Indeed, if anyone tried to tell Okonkwo that he is gay, he would be offended (and probably beat them up). According to the psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, a key aspect of male homosexuality is hostility towards women. It is clear from the novel that Okonkwo has no affection for women. He treats his wives like servants, and there is no suggestion that he is attracted to them romantically or sexually.
In one critical essay regarding this subject, Rictor Norton contends that " Marceline is partly a symbol of society-at-large and partly the tragic figure of a woman who marries a homosexual man.... Readers simply reject her; because Gide has omitted all homosexual facts from the narrative, we do not see that Michel rejects her in favor of something or someone else".
Although he does admit to having sex with men, Roy cannot accept the fact that he has AIDS, a disease which is common among homosexual men. Since he keeps up the act that he is indeed a heterosexual male, Roy has to reject this diagnosis because if he doesn’t, he’ll be admitting to himself that he is homosexual. Once he admits this fact to himself, his façade—which is supported by the fact that he himself does not believe he is a homosexual per se—will crumble from there. As a result, in order to keep up appearances, Roy must lie both about and to himself about being homosexual, for the truth will come out once he
His neighbors and friends hear of the evil Blake has done to his own wife, and as a result they reject Blake as a friend. His self-involved attitude prevents him from caring that he has no companions. When his neighbor, Mrs. Compton, cannot give him a genuine smile, we r... ... middle of paper ... ...relationship. Cheever?s preoccupation with sin and deception is played out in the story. Works Cited Cheever, John.
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