The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty Themes

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Sexual Domination and Subservience

The act of sexual domination and submission is the core theme of the novel. Sadomasochism is an uncomfortable sexual topic for many; the author illustrates it in a creative and tasteful way. Many kingdoms in history have taken slaves as prisoners of war or as tributes from lesser kingdoms. In the fictionalized kingdom of the Queen, slaves are used in a way unheard of in history. Tributes and the captured are stripped where they are taken and made to walk through their villages and to the village of the Queen's kingdom. This act strips the royal captives of all pride and status as they are openly viewed by commoners. The breaking of a slave's spirit continues with repeated acts of sodomizing and orally pleasuring others. Once slaves arrive at the castle, their training in sexual restraint and gratification begins. Lord Gregory shows Beauty the hall...

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