How To Watch Your Brother Die Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The writer uses the guidebook approach to illustrate the ignorance of people that he has to deal with regarding the dying of his brother, and how he recommends dealing with it. It must have been hard to refrain from getting enraged with those people and laying into them. That is where the guidance of his brother’s lover came into play. The brother’s lover helps him deal with all the ignorance that people show towards the disease that his brother is dying from. He calms him down and shows him that the attitude towards homosexuals they are seeing is common.
AIDS in the early 1990’s was unknown and feared by the public. Homosexuality was also frowned upon by society. AIDS was thought of as a homosexual disease that in turn made the disease also frowned upon, like they deserved to be infected. The narrator's deep and hidden love for his gay brother presents a young and liberal shift in society where families embrace all of their children in an equally loving manner regardless of their sexual
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It seems that he has no problem hugging another man except for his internal conflict of: is this man thinking this is more than a hug?, or is this man thinking of me as more than his lovers brother?. He has never had to ask himself what his kids may be thinking when they hug their dad. The gay men he has been hugging may have never thought to themselves what he was thinking either.
The poem “How To Watch Your Brother Die” by Michael Lassell, was a truly remarkable poem bringing thought and imagination to mind, as well as invoking emotions toward the fight for equality among different sexual orientations. This fight is still a common current event issue in today’s news, though the questions are different the arguments against the lifestyle that so many choose as their own is the same. With everything that has been affecting our lives on a daily basis, the last thing we should be thinking about is what our neighbors are doing behind the closed doors and drawn curtains of their own

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