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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Quotes

Quote #4

Harper: It was wrong of me to marry you. I knew you... [...] It's a sin, and it's killing us both. [...] Are you a homo? (1.8.36-42)

It's not until later in the play that Joe finally admits to himself and Harper that he's gay. It seems like deep down both he and Harper have known since before they were married that he was gay, though. Both of them have been in denial, and it's been torture.

Quote #5

Roy: Roy Cohn is a heterosexual man, Henry, who fucks around with guys. (1.9.37)

Roy goes through elaborate justifications to reject the label of "homosexual." To him, being gay means being weak, a person who is taken advantage of. No matter how hard he tries, though, he can't escape the fact that he has sex with men on a regular basis.

Quote #6

Joe: I never stood out, on the outside, but inside, it was hard for me. To pass.
Roy: [...] Pass as what?
Joe: Oh. Well... As someone cheerful and strong. (2.3.8-12)

Wow, that's a seriously awkward cover-up. Joe seems to be on the verge of admitting that he's gay, but then he thinks better of it. Could he somehow sense that Roy is also gay? Somewhere in his mind, does he think Roy might understand?

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