Essay on Insight On Necrophilia,whats T

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Insight on Necrophilia

The author Barbara Gowdy has succeeded in “We so Seldom Look on Love'; to arouse our curiosity through a romanticized depiction of what most would consider a sin, necrophilia. It is most probable that society in the nineteen fifties influenced the style and choice of characters to explore such delicate and obscure behavior. Barbara Gowdy proved herself to be very clever by opening a passage through the soul of a young woman, in order to humanize the inexplicable lust for dead flesh.

What better way to translate imagination in its purest form than through the soul of a young women: “When you die and your earthly self begins turning into your disintegrated
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Masturbation is an example of one such sexual behavior easily accepted when performed by a man but perceived as unhealthy when performed by a woman. I doubt that a descriptive story on necrophilia would have been published should the main character have been a man. Woman have the power to soften what would otherwise seem arch: “…he would push it into the penises of dead men to make them look semi-erect, and then he’d sodomize them';. (p. 4). In society, the woman’s sexuality is represented as less intrusive or perverse compared to the masculine sexuality. When describing her encounter with the dead cadaver, the character explains that her sexual act is limited to “Cunnilingus';. The ability to penetrate or invade is non-existent in the female gender; perhaps it makes the sexual behavior less threatening, therefor easier to romanticize.

The first person narration style was another important element into the reader’s understanding of this subject. The author gave us shivers while her character was describing the different rituals with her naivete and imagination: “I ran my hands over his skin. My hands and the inside of my thighs burned as if I was touching dry ice.'; (p. 6) How to better experience what the author wants you feel than to catapult you directly into the character’s mind. Here I was, reading out loud, and thinking

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