Thesis Essay for the Laramie Project

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In Moises Kaufman's, The Laramie Project the under lying theme of the novel is people are afraid of change. This can be proved from the novel with the character Cathy Connolly and the struggle that homosexuals have to live in there own society. The juxtaposition of anti-gay demonstrations sparked by religion at a homosexual's funeral, and even the physical setting is related to why people are afraid of change. Whether it is start by homophobia, religion, or opression, people are not just afraid of change in general but change for a free society where homosexuals can express and just be themselves.

In The Laramie Project, a character name Cathy Connolly claims that gay the people in Laramie feel the oppression from society, and are
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Reverend Fred Phelps was the preacher who staged the anti-gay demonstration and Matthew was a homosexual that was brutally beaten and left to die on fence in Wyoming. Simply because he was a homosexual and “[after] seeing Fred Phelps protesting at Matthew's funeral”(Kaufman 79) you can see that Phelps and his followers are afraid of change. Fueled by Phelp's religion that being gay is a sin, the religion he preaches further opresses homosxuals. Religion plays a large role on homophobia within Laramie itself. Reverand Phelps was preaching the word of his god, “Were standing here with God's message. We're standing here with God's message. Is homosexuality-is being a fag okay? What do you mean it's not for you to judge? If God doesn't hate fags, why does he put 'em in hell?” (Kaufman 79) Phelps shows absolutly no respect for the family and friends of Matthew Shepard, it reveals that the Reverend himself is afraid change because if he stoops down that low to shun Matthew from his religion. Religion plays a big role in homophobia in societies all over the word, in alot of religions to be gay was different and being different really meant you were condemed, because anyone who believes in a religion will feel the need to practise the words of their God. The religious juxtaposition in the novel shows that homophobic people are afraid of accepting homosexuals,

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