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Jerker and Angels With each day that goes by homosexuality continues to gain more acceptance and exposure in society Through the means of movies books and plays a homosexual lifestyle had been shown to society from many gay and non-gay writers Although in both Jerker and Angels in America AIDS poses a restriction of a gay lifestyle Jerker accomplishes this restriction by portraying the physical restriction of free love while Angels portrays this as the absence of a gay lifestyle in society Each play is able to accomplish their individual portrayal of the restriction of a homosexual life through their storytelling means and style The literary presentation also greatly has been influenced by the playwrights lives As the each of the playwrights lives affected the individual messages of each of their plays also the unique styles and storytelling methods in Angels in America and Jerker are able to further convey their separate messages of homosexuality With Jerker Chesley prefaces the play as being a pornographic elegy with redeeming social value and a hymn to the queer men of San Francisco in twenty phone calls many of them dirty In one sentence Chesley is able to capture his intent of the play and state it to the reader Chesleys Jerker takes the reader in on the life of the gay lifestyle of the queer men of San Francisco as he portrays two gay men having sexual telephone calls However Chesley also writes in his foreword that this play is a hymn AIDS has brought a halt and a restriction to free and anonymous love in the gay community With the appearance and spread of AIDS a gay lifestyle was severely halted as this infectious virus ran through and destroyed gay communities Thus Jerker serves as a hymn to the restricted and plagued gay lifestyle in the presence of AIDS Lastly Chesley writes that his play contains redeeming social value Many critics
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