Giovanni's Relationships with a Man vs a Woman.

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Giovanni's room symbolizes how David feels about his gay lifestyle and relationships. The room Giovanni and David share is messy, and unclean, which bothers David to no end. David does not share his feelings with Giovanni about the room until he was on the verge of leaving, he also does not share his feelings about the shameful thought of being in a gay relationship. I believe that David's opinions on gay relationships have not changed since his first sexual act with a man, Joey. David says of the sexual encounter with Joey, "I could have cried, cried for shame and terror, cried for not understanding how this could have happened in me" (Baldwin, 9). David does not fully understand his feelings, and is confused by them. This leads him to believe what he has seen before coming to Paris, that gay relationships are dirty and dishonorable. David's relationship with Hella is meaningful, but when David is with a man "it's like putting an electric plug in a dead socket" (56), explains Jacques.

Not only does this affect David, but also the people he's around. Giovanni is tortured by David's lack of feelings, saying "I have never reached you, you have never really been here" (137). I think a major reason why David is not true to his feelings is because he is afraid of what others will think. "You want to leave Giovanni because he makes you stink. You want to despise Giovanni because he is not afraid of the stink of love" (141), states Giovanni. This fear of David, of being tainted by being with a man, has been with him since he first had a sexual experience with Joey. David worries about what his father and late mother will think, disregarding...