The History of Sexuality in Modern Western Culture

Madame de Meurteuil
In the Movie Dangerous Liaisons, Madame Merteuil is depicted as a witty woman who plays the game with men. Though she appears as a virtuous and straight, she is immoral and sexually ravenous who turns her bitterness on men (Frears).

Valmonte
Valmonte is a sexual predator who takes advantage of women social limitations. However, though he is arrogant, he is charismatic and powerful and uses his position to get a woman of his choice. His fall to Marteuil’s causes him to lose the women he cared for the most leading to his downfall (Frears).

Pearl
Pearl is an illegitimate daughter of Hester’s with the ability to distinguish things that other people cannot do. She is, so wise people says that she is not a human and discovers the truth behind her mother’s ways of life.

Governors House
Governor’s house is the family of a rich old man. He is a tradition’s and adheres to conservative ideas and respect rules in society. However, his house is full of erred women from his sister, Mistress Hibbins, who is an enchantress (Hawthorne).

Nature
Plato explains the nature of the human being as guided by the power of love. All the men in the Symposium discuss love in their speeches. Their speeches are full of praise of love. Agathon says of the nature of love as the most beautiful, the most virtuous and the best of all the gods in Athens. Therefore, according to Plato, the nature of love surpasses all beauty and all goodness and bring excellences among the people (Cavalier and Mellon).

Dionysian/Apolloni
Dionysian and Apolloni are a dichotomy used in the early time to distinguish the virtuous and the errands. Apollo is the god of reason and presents the individual sober thought of nature while Dionysian is the god of mysticism, last and emotions. It is the opposite of Apolloni. People define themselves by these two measures in how they behave in the world (Taylor).

Slaughter House
The movie discusses the last moment of Elvira, a transsexual woman who is attacked in the park for trying to buy sex. She is so in trouble because her lover has been away and when he comes back he abuses her and tells her he is leaving. Elvira is so stressed she decided to visit her family in the Slaughter-House and also the orphanage with her friend (Fassbinder).

Having to learn to love men
It is hard for women characters in the Movie to learn how to love men. Each time they try their best they run into trouble and even get harm instead of being loved.

The Painted Man
The author paints out the character as controlled by their sexual desires to the same gender and also to the opposite gender. Moreover, the imagination of attraction to young girls and the boy is a depiction of a dying society (Mann).

The Uncanny in Death in Venice
Aschenbach’s family is full of intrigue. He had been married to a young girl from a university family, but the wife would later die after a short reunion. Aschenbach would later stick to a married daughter with her son. Their union makes Aschenbash develop a love for the woman son though not sexually he says that he enjoys staying with Tadzio (Mann).

Constructed Nature of Sexuality
The human sexual nature is always hidden, and people act it in secret. Foucault argued that confession and science can create a modern concept in people sex life. (Foucault 75)

Confession and Sexuality
Foucault argues that Western societies confess to establish the truth. He says ‘the confession became one of the West’s most highly valued techniques for producing truth’ (Foucault). Therefore, for people to obtain a ‘clean slate’ in their life they have to confess their sexual transgressions and other ills. The confession of a person’s sexuality has an effect of enabling him or herself coexist with others in society. One example of this form of confession is practiced by the Catholic Church for a person to get absolution.

 

Works Cited
Cavalier, Robert and Carnegie Mellon. “The Nature of Eros.” n.d. cmu.edu. http://caae.phil.cmu.edu/cavalier/80250/Plato/Symposium/Sym2.html. 08 May 2014.
Dangerous Liaisons – Glenn Close & John Malkovich. Dir. Stephen Frears. Perf. Norma Heyman. 1988. Movie.
Foucault, Michael. “The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume 1.” New York: Knopf Doubleday, 1990. 176. Print.
“Foucault, Post Secret, and the Art of the Confession | gnovis.”
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Hawthorne, Nathanial. Scarlet Letter. Dartmouth College, 2011. Print.
In the Year of 13 Moons. Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Perf. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 1978. Film.
Mann, Thomas. “Death In Venice & Seven Other Stories.” 1936. Word Press. http://literaturesave2.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/thomas-mann-death-in-venice-and-seven-other-stories.pdf. 08 May 2014.
Taylor, Nancy. “Apollonian Versus Dionysian.” n.d. ccsun.edu. http://www.csun.edu/nancytaylor/ad.html. 08 May 2014.

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