Edward Is Not Altered From Act One Of The Second Act

884 WordsDec 9, 20154 Pages
One of the characters that does not changes drastically in the second act is Edward. He is now a grown, openly gay man, still feminine by nature, the sole difference is that he is now living with his partner Gerry. Edward’s natural character yearns to be similar to the role of a housewife. The sort of housewife who wants to cook, clean, and look after every need for his partner. It is clear the dynamic of power that exists between Edward and Gerry—Edward is the bottom and Gerry is the top: “I don’t know what you mean. Everyone’s always tried to stop me being feminine and now you are too” (70). The nature of Edward is not altered from act one to act two, his intrinsic identity as a feminine homosexual connects with Edwards’s desire to be in a monogamous relationship. The stereotype with which Churchill plays in the second act, which is brought from act one, is that all feminine women wanted to marry a man and become housewives. The housewife role becomes an identity for Edward. On the contrary, the character Gerry, does not seem to be as pleased with the power of dynamic, as Edward is, since he is not being forced into any acquired identity—he (Edward) is being himself. There are times wherein the dynamics of power switches, in other words, homosexual relationships vary on deciding for a particular sexual position, some partners are versatile instead of opting for one definitive sexual position. But Edward seems to be highly aware and sure of his role: “I like doing the
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