Sexuality in Society

I really enjoyed reading The Tail of the Rose by Emma Donoghue. It was a read that kept me wanting to turn the pages.

My favorite part of the story was at the end when Donoghue writes, “…And as the years flowed by, some villages told travelers of a beast and a beauty who lived in the castle and could be seen walking on the battlements, and others told of two beauties, and others, of two beasts.” Previously mentioned in class, this story was about lesbians. I think the end gives society’s view on homosexuality. I interpreted “a beast and a beauty” reflecting society’s view of appearances and appearances only as the characteristics of the beast were beastly/ugly and the beauty as beautiful and pretty. Thus, looking only at the surface of an individual. “Two beauties” reflects acceptance of homosexuality and/or the people in society who accept homosexuality and the true characteristics of individuals, no matter their sexuality. To me, this description views every individual, no matter his or her characteristics, as being beautiful. “Two beasts” reflects the views of society in which heterosexuality is the only “okay” sexuality. Therefore, because the two characters were lesbians, they were seen as wrong, bad, etc. for their homosexuality.

Personally, I wish to see society view individuals as “beauties” no matter their sexuality, but this story reminded me of the views that individuals may have who believe differently from myself.

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