Lesson 1 (from Little Birds)
The readers learn at the end of "Little Birds" that Manuel has somewhat different sexual needs than one would expect. The story recounts that he cannot sustain arousal long enough when he goes to sleep with his wife, but that he needs to have a woman watch him. To add to this, the story then adds that Manuel frequently contrives to be set up for voyeurism, taking pleasure from being accidentally (or on purpose) watched by women who are not his wife. However, Manuel's sexuality is fairly telling in relation to his character. He is supposed to be a painter, yet he never paints. He is supposed to buy food, but he takes that money and buys exotic birds so that the young schoolgirls might be enticed into visiting his apartment. This lesson will discuss Manuel's sexual urges and how it helps to paint a portrait...
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