Frank is a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel whom subjects his son Ricky to a strict disciplinarian military lifestyle. Ricky does not approve of this life style, but goes along with it to friction with his father. The Frank does not understand nor does he respect Ricky as his son due to lack of interpersonal communication and too high expectations on his part. Ricky was forced into a military academy and a mental hospital where he spent time recording or videotaping things that he believed to be art. Once he returned home he was a marijuana user and drug dealer and his father was under the impression that he was making his money by working catering jobs.
He does this because he feels threatened by the fat man and feels insecurity. He feels his girlfriend has interest in another man. The fact he is being threatened by a fat man shows the weakness of their relation because any man, even with health problems, can break their relationship. The fat man interferes in the story by making the young waitress rethink her love to Rudy. She starts by describing the man’s fingers “long, thick, creamy fingers” but without showing any disgust; in the contrary she somehow adds a sexual aspect.
In another situation, Vlad forms a relationship with Ellen out of guilt that Jill, his past interest, makes fun of her weight. He later cheats on Ellen when he makes out with Dee out of flawed sense of what was appropriate in their interaction. He also fails to mention to everyone that he has a girlfriend until she shows up to break up with him in person. Vlad also develops a unclear relationship with Michael, a gay teenager whose parents do not accept his sexual identity. Vlad is a good friend to Michael.
His family lost everything when his father was forced to file bankruptcy, but tries to make George realize that money was not everything. He decided he still did not want to live a life of struggle. As a young adult, George, along with his best friend Tuna move to Manhattan Beach, California. There they began a life of selling marijuana. George’s girlfriend, Barbara Buckley was and airline stewardess who introduced George to Derek Foreal a main drug dealer.
Hugo also has authority over his younger brother Nigel by making him cry and faking a surprised reaction when their mom asks. He even convinces Jason to smoke even after telling him they are horrible for the lungs: “Hugo’s trying to teach me how to be a kid like him, but I can’t even smoke a single cigarette” (66). So he continues to watch his fellow classmates, even observing a couple make love, hoping to gain a better reputation. The Cold War takes away the joyful spirit of the town, just in time for Jason to receive a secret letter from Spooks, the secret society in his town Black Swan. It turns out he and another one of his classmates received the letter to meet up at the graveyard.
The second part of the paper deals with the comparison. Topdog/Underdog talks about the adult lives of two African-American brothers, Lincoln and Booth who were abandoned by their parents. They have to deal with various issues ranging from work to racism. Booth, the younger brother, admires his brother and is even jealous of him. Lincoln used to be a hustler, but then he turned into a circus attraction where he sits dressed as Abraham Lincoln.
He most likely got beaten up or his life can be at risk. Ended up taking hormones and passing as men, Jess found a comparative safe way of living. However, his past lover Theresa left him because of that. As an autobiographical novel, the author himself was also damaged by the society of not fitting in any of the sex categories. This pressure needs to explore.
C The picture relates to Augesten being gay because it shows him coming out of the closet and everyone is finding out. (the picture is a closet) II. Middle Quote A “I myself am made entirely of flaws”(110) B Augesten feels that his homosexuality is wrong and that he came from a family of flaws, with his mother being a psycho and his father being an abusive alcoholic, therefore making him feel even more flawed. C The picture is of a broken puzzle where none of the pieces match. This relates to him because the puzzle is flawed and cant fit in perfectly like others.
Masculinity is also at the center of the story, The Senator’s Son, when the aforementioned son participates in the ‘gay bashing’ of a former friend to affirm his manhood after he had learned of his friend’s homosexuality years earlier. In The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless, the titular character struggles with the problem of no longer being attracted to his wife, and knowing that he has betrayed not only her but his daughters with his
The author uses periphrases concerning to cigarettes “The packet were piled twelve deep below”. The cigarettes were called Gold Flake and Players. The author compares his father’s “little shop” with the Reszke, Abdulla, Woodbines which under a “thin haze” of “stale smoke” – epithet, which disguise his crime. To point out a steal author uses parallel construction “his crime”, “it was a crime”. Then author tells us Charlie didn’t love him at all, to prove it Graham Greene uses comparison: he was unreal to him, a wraith, pale.