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Cracking the Code Essay

  • Submitted by: joelleloeber
  • on April 1, 2014
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 1,249 words

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The plays in Unit 3 took us on a journey to explore Gay Drama in a different light. These plays dealt heavily on a character “coming out” and finding out whom they really are. As readers, we soon realize each character is faced with a person who tries to stop this journey, whether it is a family member, an outsider, or even the character themselves. Anthony Venn-Brown once said said “Outing someone is like ripping a butterfly from its cocoon. You can damage them for life and rob them of their life changing experience of liberation. For a successful emergence they have to struggle through the cocoon of fear and shame. Then they can fly.” (Matlack) This quote represents the journey that many of the main character take us on.
Coming out is not always in a tragedy, however most of the plays read have ended that way. The God of Vengeance, for example shows a young girl, Rivkele that is drawn to a world forbidden for her. The reader quickly realizes that Yekel, her father wants nothing for himself and his wife, because he feels they are sinners beyond redemption; but attempts to ‘strike a deal’ with God by controlling the purity of his daughter and seeking what he feels is best for her. In order to keep Rivkele from sinning, her parents place a copy of the Torah in her bedroom. Although she is forbidden to make contact with the prostitutes, she is in fact a lover of one of them, Manke. The God of Vengeance has a few reoccurring themes of our past readings; Salame and The Destiny of Me. Throughout this entire play, we see countless examples of abuse and messes occurring on stage, much like in the play The Destiny of Me. Yekel drags Sarah down the stairs by her hair and points to the cellar asking, “Where is your daughter? Your daughter, where is she?” (68) In Salame, the characters have an obsessive response to anatomy; this is present in The God of Vengeance as well. After frolicking in the warm spring rain, the Rifkele and Manke begin to explore each other’s bodies. “I...

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