The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Topics: Homosexuality, LGBT, New York City Pages: 2 (772 words) Published: April 23, 2008
The Normal Heart
In the play “The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer there were a couple of scenes that really impacted me. One of these was when Ned was taking to his brother Ben for some help for his fight against AIDS and the other was the last scene when Ned and Felix were married. Both of these scenes really show the impact of Aids on New York City. In the first scene where you meet Ben and realize he is more than anything else scared of his brother because he is gay. This was a very powerful and impactful scene in my mind because it shows how even family can be blind when it comes to something as scary as an AIDS epidemic. Ben who was just about to spend more than a million dollars on his new house couldn’t lend a dollar to his brother to help him fight AIDS. It seems crazy in this scene that Ned had to basically beg all weekend for 124 dollars while Ben can just throw a million dollars into his new house. The worst thing about it all is Ben doesn’t show any signs of feeling bad he was about to basically waste all this money on a luxury while people were dying and couldn’t even get a couple of bucks to try to find a cure. More than anything else Ben is afraid his law firms will lose money and respect because it’s associated with the gay community. Also in this scene you can tell Ben doesn’t want his Law firm to have anything to do with AIDs when he won’t even let Ned use the law firms name to try to gain people in his fight to stop AID’s. Ben says he needs to bring it in front of the committee but doesn’t want Ned to talk to anyone else on the committee. If Ben wanted anything to do with Ned’s fight he would have just accepted the proposal and allowed Ned to use the law firm name and given him money. Ben being the main owner of the law firm can pretty much do whatever he wants without asking the rest of the committee. The other scene that impacted me was a lot like the first with people overall just being frightened of a unknown disease. This scene happens...
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