Sexuality In The Realm Of Possibility By David Levithan

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Name: Omar Almahjan
Instructor: Emily Havey
Course: English 113A
Date: : 20 October 2014
Sexuality in “The Realm of Possibility”
The novel “The Realm of Possibility” by David Levithan touches many serious themes important for teenagers and adults. The book is a unique effort to show the life of people from one school that are so different yet share the same fears, feelings and anticipations. Extraordinary from of the book that is written in a free verse contributes to the reaction of the readership. The book consists of interrelated monologues that help the readers to see the inner side of characters rather than the plot, circumstances and setting. The author covers many serious issues that include gender equality, peer pressure, relationships,
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The lesbian choice in Diana 's case in influenced not by the natural affection towards girls but rather by the rejection of boys ' sexuality. Diana writes about her previous failures with boys who never call, who put themselves higher than others, always leave in difficult moment and try to change the girl for their own sake (Levithan 47). Thus, Diana decides to protect herself from pain and love a girl who is unlikely to behave like boys, on her point of view. In modern society such behavior among girls is also typical. Girls become lesbians not because they are attracted by the people of the same gender but because they are not willing to have relationships with people of opposite gender. Such attitude roots in the distortion of boys ' sexuality caused by various factors. For example, Levithan supposes that girls choose such way of protest because males treat females like an object for sexual desires (“you 're what they masturbate”) or believe women are less intelligent than males (“They 'll never see you have a mind”) (Levithan 47). Thus, Diana like many teenage girls prefers to love someone who shares more similarities with her and consequently will be completely different from the opposite sex representatives who are no longer sexual for them due to multiple failures of the past and character flaws. Such depiction …show more content…
Although, other characters of the novel are involved in sexual life, the story of Diana is especially interesting because it covers a controversial issue of homosexuality among teenagers. On the one hand, the author presents her sexual orientation as the usual love suffering of adolescent girl, who is uncertain about the feelings of Elizabeth and is completely immersed in the desires of positive response. However, on the other hand Levithan contrast heterosexual relationships that often end up in break up and homosexual affection that is excessively idealized by Diana. Moreover, like many teenage girls Diana cannot fully understand her sexuality and starts being lesbian because of not loving boys rather than loving girls. Thus, the issue of sexuality is important in the story because it influences moral and social state of the characters in the novel and shows the audience similarity with real

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