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The Treatments of Youthful Sexuality Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful we must carry it with us or we find it not -- Ralph Waldo Emerson In exploring the youthful treatments of sexuality I have focused on three stories Summer by David Updike Lust by Susan Minot and Carnal Knowledge by T Coraghessan Boyle While these stories have a similar underlying themeyouthful sexualitythey differ significantly in their views of that theme In Summer we are treated to a blissful view of summer love unfolding on a vacation getaway A young boy is smitten by a young girl in a stereotypical case of unrequited lovep318 In contrast to this Carnal Knowledge rewards the main character Jim with affection Contrasting further in Lust the main character receives physical attention but the story leaves little doubt that attention and affection are not the same The uniting theme in all three stories is not that the characters receive or desire love but that the characters view the world in a very physical way In Summer we are introduced to Homer who is infatuated with Freds sister Sandra However in describing Sandra Homer makes no reference to her character He makes no reference to her background In fact the only way of describing Sandra is physically p318 Homer spends his time trying to impress Sandra with physical feats such as tennis In fact the very sight of her in her nightgown pierced him with a regret that had no source or resolution p318 In Carnal Knowledge Jim describes Alena as Aphrodite rising from the waves or accepting the golden apple He describes her physically rather than emotionally He even admitted I could only gape at her p291 Lust differs
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