The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Themes

JT LeRoy
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Child Abuse Runs in Families

Jeremiah is born into an abusive family. His mother was abused by her father, and she abuses him because she believes this is the only way to control children. The entire series of stories chronicles this abuse, but for now all Jeremiah can do is fight back with passive aggression. Most of Sarah's men had come from families with the same kind of attitude that physical punishment will straighten out children, but all that happens is that the children become abusive adults. The abuse warps the children rather than helping them.

The stories end while Jeremiah is still a juvenile. His reactions to abuse involve mixing love with pain, a masochistic sexuality. He desires more abuse, as does his mother, and this tends to perpetuate child abuse in families. Jeremiah offers no solution to the problem because to him this is normal human behavior...

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