Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
How we cite our quotes:
Man: You been a bad boy?"
Louis: Very bad. Very bad."
Man: You need to be punished, boy?"
Louis: Yes. I do (2.4.38-41).
Whoa, check out the levels of messed-upedness here. Louis feels really guilty about betraying Prior, so what does he do? He betrays him some more, with some random dude in the park.
Man: I think it broke. The rubber. You want me to keep going? [...]"
Louis: Keep going. Infect me. I don't care. I don't care (2.4.81).
Just a second ago, Louis insisted that the anonymous man in the park wear a condom. But now the condom has broken, and he's begging the man to continue. Could the guilt over his betrayal of Prior be driving him to this risky behavior? Does he feel like he deserves to get AIDS?
Louis: You can love someone and fail them (2.9.42).
This is what Louis says when he admits to Prior, who's still in the hospital, that he's moved out of their apartment. What do you think is the difference between betraying someone you love and failing them?