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Directions: Make a reader response journal for each chapter. Also, find at least two pieces of outside  evidence to support your stance.  Is George Gay?  from Amazon Back in the 1930s, homosexuality was certainly well-known, but it wasn’t often discussed in public. Finding  homosexual characters in older works is thus a matter of close reading and interpretation. George Milton isn’t  presented to us as a homosexual man, but his behavior can be interpreted that way; throughout the book he  barely notices the (very few) women he encounters, and the one woman who has a large role—Curley’s wife— has no effect on him whatsoever, despite her cartoonish sexuality (one of the few poor choices Steinbeck made). On the other hand, George often admires his fellow men, noting their physical strength and features with lush  detail. Re-reading the book with George as a deeply closeted gay man in 1930s America doesn’t necessarily  change the overall themes of the story, but it does add an extra weight of tragedy that colors everything else.
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