Choose A Novel Or Movie In Which Sex Is Suggested But Not Described

What is a novel or movie in which sex is suggested, but not described? 

How is this relationship suggested? How does this implication affects the theme or develops characterization?

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As litteacher8 suggested, many Victorian novels do not speak out right about sex as it was considered inappropriate for people to read about sex in novels.

Thomas Hardy however deals primarily with a rape in his novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles and while he does not come out and say that Tess was raped. He alludes to this at the end of one of the chapters and then picks up the next section of the novel with the unmarried Tess as a pregnant young girl.

Throughout the novel, Hardy shows how Tess's life is ruined by this one event and how pure and innocent she is although society will not accept a ruined woman. The villain, rapist, consistently blames Tess for the sexual act as if she was asking for it. Hardy however illustrates that this "ruining" was not Tess's fault at all through her characterization and actions. Victorian society would not have allowed a woman to be blamelss in a case of premarital sex. Rape was not a vocabulary word to them.

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Another movie that simply suggests sexual relations is Splendor in the Grass with Warren Beatty and Nathalie Woods, who are a young couple in love at the time of the Great Depression.  But, Deanie's mother telling her not to "spoil herself," Bud finds another girl to satisfy him.  Nevertheless, Warren's character, Bud, yet loves Deanie, who goes insane when she understands what has happened.

After spending three years and six months in a mental institution, Deanie returns home to learn that Bub has become a farmer and married an Italian girl from his college days.  Then, they both realize that they must continue their lives.

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In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, the main character, Edna Pontieller falls in love with a young man, Robert -- a man other than her husband.  What is interesting is that they never have a sexual relationship although they are very close.  Edna does, however, have a sexual fling with a man that she hardly cares about and certainly isn't emotionally invested in.  The scene is not explicit in the least, but her actions certainly affect us as readers as we see the continuing development of Edna's character.

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One of my all-time favorite movies is A Summer Place. It is just full of sex, but the most you ever see onscreen is a chaste kiss. The plot of the story is that a former handyman at a New England inn has become wealthy and has brought his wife and daughter to the inn for the summer. When he worked at the inn, he had fell in love with a girl who also worked there, and who now happens to be married to the inn's owner. They rekindle their romance, are eventually discovered, and end up divorcing their spouses and marrying each other.

Meanwhile, his teenage daughter and her teenage son discover each other and fall madly in love. They manage to keep their virginity all that summer--even though her mother is insanely suspicious of them. One afternoon, the sail out to a nearby island and get caught in a storm. They have to stay on that island all night until the storm lets up. When they finally get back to the inn, her mother is waiting with a doctor who is going to examine her to make sure...

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In reply to #1: Either decribed or not it is still not suggested to alloow kids to watch these kind of movie. The effect is, they will be havibng ideas at their young age which is not good. Bill Rogers Owner, Arlington Irrigation   
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