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Race And Sexuality In Larsen's Passing


Conduct a close reading and analysis of Larsen's novel; Passing and discuss how race and sexuality are depicted in the novel.


Title: Race And Sexuality In Larsen's Passing
Length: 1 pages (275 Words)
Style: MLA


Race and Sexuality in Larsen's Passing

For my final essay, I will examine how Larsen’s Passing is an exploration and assessment by Larsen to shun racial separatism and same sex sexuality. In the Passing, Larsen stresses highlights the sexual paranoia and anxieties that make people reluctant to allow others the freedom to express their identities, and sexualities by exploring the interracial sexual attraction between Irene and Clare. 

Larsen uses "passing" to express a situation where one is accepted for something one is not. The title Passing serves as a metaphor for several misleading practices that surround sexual and racial passing. Larsen connects the segregated lives of Irene and Clare by having them meet by coincidence in a Chicago hotel "Pardon me," the woman said pleasantly, *but I think I know you.". The meeting instigates a strong desire in Claire for Irene, which Larsen describes through the fulsome letter writing she uses to escape her isolated life forced upon her: 174


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