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Quote #4

He wanted to reach out his hand and touch her sunburned, tousled hair – not as he had ever touched a woman. In him there was an uneasiness and when he spoke to her his voice had a rough, strange sound. (2.2.1)

Biff, dude, did you learn nothing from Humbert Humbert? Biff isn't nearly as creepy, of course, but his physical reactions to Mick point to an odd sort of attraction, and it makes both Biff and us very uncomfortable.

Quote #5

And on that subject why was it that the smartest people mostly missed that point? By nature all people are of both sexes. (2.2.91)

Biff is not exactly the most progressive, forward thinking guy on the planet. But he does seriously question the way society views gender and sexuality in a way that was certainly ahead of his time. He starts transforming his own identity and pushing the boundaries of what's considered proper.

Quote #6

"And Father, that sure is one bad, wicked place. They got a man sells tickets on the bug – but they also got these strutting, bad-blood, tail-shaking nigger gals and these here red satin curtains and – " (2.3.13)

Portia's description of the bordello where Willie gets into serious trouble reveals class, gender, and race bias on her part.

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