Analysis Of ' Two Boys Kissing ' By David Levithan

2114 Words Nov 16th, 2016 9 Pages
Under Pressure In a world of growing change and coercive adaptability, it is sometimes hard for us to respond to these increasing, sudden constituents of alteration. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan brings to light the afflicting modes of pressure upon those who face variant sexualities from heteronormativity while challenging gay stereotypes through providing individuated, distinct characters with their own backgrounds and struggles. Three important main characters in the novel, Cooper, Ryan, and Avery, indicate their various endeavors in a tyrannized world through addressing dilemmas with the construction of masculinity, the movement of individual sexuality through space, and body image. While Two Boys Kissing challenges the dominant narrative of “the closet” through bringing the characters’ sexualities into the open, conveying a “new” masculinity—one that establishes an attitude that it is okay to be gay—Cooper, Ryan, and Avery face discrete internal battles against their own masculinities. Cooper refuses to come to terms with his sexuality because he knows his parents are not accepting of it. Ryan refuses to bring Avery inside his home because he is afraid of how his parents will react. Avery has undergone hormone transformation—that is, he was born a female and then biologically transitioned into a male—but he does not feel as masculine as he desires. These three characters each experience the suffocating consequences of hegemonic masculinity; “hegemonic masculinity…
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