Torch Song Trilogy

by Harvey Fierstein

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Discuss the impact of AIDS on the gay population in the United States.

Consider Arnold's pending adoption of David. Research the options for gay partners who wish to have children.

Using both the relationship between Ed and Laurel and the relationship between Arnold and his mother, describe Fierstein's depiction of the tensions between homosexuals and heterosexuals.

Although it is a comedy, there are many tragic elements present in Torch Song Trilogy. Explore this blending of humor and tragedy and discuss its effectiveness in relating Fierstein's themes.

Investigate the legal problems that gay marriages face. What kind of limitations do the law, society, and custom present to gay couples?

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