Literature Essay on Sex and Sexuality

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English Language and Literature HL
With reference to at least two works of literature you have studied, discuss how sex and sexuality are portrayed to fuel their respective plot lines.

‘The Kite Runner’ written by Khaled Hosseini is a novel which revolves around the protagonist, Amir and how different incidents related to sex and sexuality change his life and the play ‘A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ by Tennesse Williams, is about a married couple whose lives have changed due to recent events involving sex and sexuality. In the following essay you will be able to see how these two closely linked topics helped develop the plotline of both these wonderful stories. Both Brick and Maggie and Amir and Soraya’s childlessness plays a massive role in their respective plotlines and family life. In ‘A Cat on a Tin Roof’, Maggie strives to secure a place in inheriting Big Daddy’s riches but in her eyes she thinks she will fail to do so because she bares no children where on the other hand, Mae and Gooper are referred to as a ‘production line’ as they have five children and a sixth one on the way. The entire play portrays how a few members of the family are only after the wealth and the amount they inherit from the head of the family and shows how far relatives can go, how selfish they can be and how cold they can become just to get what they want. We can see this while everyone is, especially Mae and Maggie keep bickering each other without actually being concerned about Big Daddy’s health. At the end of ‘A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ we can see that Big Daddy readily accepts the fact that Maggie is “pregnant” even though it is an obvious lie and decides to hand everything over to Brick and Maggie. Family, relationships and blood have a lot to do with both the stories we have read. Similarly in ‘The Kite Runner’, when Amir first heard about Sohrab he did not want to do much about it as he might thought it was not much of his problem till Rahim Khan told him that Hassan was in fact,...
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