Homosexuality in English Literature Essay

Throughout time, homosexuals have been treated as a threat, inferiority or dangerous. The perception of homosexual has been perceived as dangerous and frightful. In a similar manner, the film Rope (1948) shares the experience of two homosexual classmates that are inspired by the idea of innate superiority. To experiment with the philosophy they murder and conceal the body in a trunk in their apartment. This response paper shall analyze the film rope with the concepts of the week’s reading ‘the monster and homosexual’ by Harry Benshoff (Benshoff, 2009).

In history, homosexuality has been portrayed as a monstrous condition. It has been greatly a part of the English literature due to which homosexuality has been associated with the evil and worst of all mankind. I believe that the film Rope also portrays a similar idea about homosexuality. The attempt of murder by homosexual classmates can be identified as a monstrous attempt to experience the idea of their philosophy (Benshoff, 2009). In my opinion, the film portrays one of the evilest and selfish parts of homosexual mates who can go to any extent to experience their desires and ideas. Gays and lesbians have been portrayed as vampires or evil beings in the different cultures that have shocked the individuals. I believe that the film rope the characters of Dall and Granger have been shown as an evil being who has committed a murder of their former classmate Dick Hogan to experiment their skills and exercise to commit the perfect murder.


Benshoff, H. (2009). The monster and Homosexual. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

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