The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life Themes

Robert Goolrick
This Study Guide consists of approximately 33 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The End of the World as We Know It.
This section contains 955 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life Study Guide

Child Sexual Abuse / Sexual Dysfunction

One of the primary themes of the novel is childhood sexual abuse, and the disastrous effects of that abuse on the victims, including the sexual dysfunction that can occur subsequently. Goolrick reveals that he is bisexual, enjoying sex with both men and women, but he freely admits he has never really had a true relationship with another person that went beyond the physical. He has had a few lovers he believes he did love, but even those were never relationships that were adult in content or in nature. From an early age, Goolrick masturbated several times a day, but often with strange or disruptive fantasies, and he notes that with orgasm often came a tremendous amount of pain. He tells readers of vast numbers of sexual encounters with strangers, both men and women, all of which leave Goolrick both sexually and emotionally empty. In...

(read more)

This section contains 955 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.