What Are Homosexuals For

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“The homosexual’s emotional longings, his development, his dreams are human phenomena.” In Sullivan’s essay, “What are Homosexuals for?” he expresses his views on homosexuality from his view, that of a homosexual male adult. In his best known work, Virtually Normal: an Argument about Homosexuality, he makes an argument against the discrimination faced by homosexuals to all those with a listening ear. The purpose of his argument in “What are Homosexuals for?” is to show his support for same-sex marriages, happiness, and equality in a society somewhat disapproving of such. His tone beginning the essay is warm and inviting as if to welcome you into his world and show you that he is a person, too –a homosexual person in the world of a homosexual. Sullivan tests the limits with his use of one of the three appeals. Basing a majority of his essay off of Pathos, he makes you sympathize with homosexuals young and old –as old as they get –alike. He emphasizes growing up homosexual, the lonely, shaded path many young homosexuals take dodging back and forth between masks, masking the light of their true, internal selves. The more in depth he goes into his writing, the more his tone shifts from sad and reminiscent of the trials he faced to more accepting and empowering for who he really is. He uses a beautifully twisted symbolism to discuss the short life span of homosexuals. “Homosexuals in contemporary America tend to die young…” his expression of dying young symbolizes physical death as well as the internal death that homosexuals face, hiding their true selves from others and in terms, metaphorically dying on the inside from denying their true selves the right to live. His mood lightens though, as he talks about the transition of acceptance of one’s self and individualism into adulthood. Although one may still be self-conscious about who they are, as they mature
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