Definition of Sexuality





Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille

Definition of Sexuality

Various forms of sexuality are evidenced in the publication. The initial sexual encounter between the narrator and Simone is indicative of a heterosexual relationship; between a young boy and a girl, both aged sixteen. The initial part of their relationship devoid of penetration involves violent acts of masturbation effected by intense visual sexual stimulation between the two parties against each other. Simone is the more athletic of the two individuals and often expresses herself in wild sexual demands in terms of positioning. Additionally, violence and the sight of blood stimulate her. Simone and the narrator transform into sex addicts upon various sexual encounters perhaps because their sexuality is highly developed due to their stage of development. The couple performs its sexual interactions at any location, whether indoors or in the open, in response to the spontaneity of the sexual desire.

With the inclusion of the third character in the publication, Simone’s sexuality so reveled as a bisexual one. This is evidenced in the scene where she intimately strokes Marcelle on her thighs and using her hands to penetrate her, while at the same instance she kisses her fondly. The narrator being on the same scene reverts to masturbation while working his fingers into the Simone. The relationship between Simone and Marcelle is thereby an expression of a lesbian relationship. As the plot advances, the narrator and his Simone meet with Marcelle and they organize a small party with eight attendees in total. As the party advances, Simone seduces the other participants into a sexual group orgy laden with violent cases of masturbation and oral sex. Simone exhibits a case of hysteria and as she tries to calm her desire against a wardrobe in the room, it acts as a turn on for the other individuals. The author mentions that during this period, Simone can only think of her lesbian partner, Marcelle, who refuses to join her in an act of copulation.

As the party turned up to be brutal and bloody, the participants are tracked for incarceration and the narrator manages to flee and secure a secret abode in Simone’s residence. Meanwhile, Marcelle is taken into a mental sanatorium where she is confined. The two lovers bearing their sexual appetites in violence and hurting innocent individuals during their sexual encounters are inhibited from their sexual associations without the involvement of Marcelle to spice their relationship. Therefore, the narrator and his Simone being sexually starved decide to trace Marcelle and free her for their sexual pleasure. Bataille therefore expresses to the readers the role of sexual stimulation in any relationship towards the creation of sexual urges. As the issue continues to affect the couple’s association, they decide to break Marcelle from her confinement. In their initial trip to the confinement, Simone is uses her bicycle set to satisfy her urges and upon the successful rescue of Marcelle, the couple’s energy is revitalized with Simone according oral sex to her lesbian counterpart.

The narrator being in nature a violent sexual practitioner harbors thoughts of raping Marcelle and even admits to bearing the same desire towards Simone. This defines the other form of sexuality within the publication. Both the narrator and her lover therefore rape and hang Marcelle and as she slips into her demise, both are instantly charged with a high level of sexual desire for one another and for the first time, the two consummate their relationship with an actual sexual experience. Simone’s desire for violence as her aphrodisiac continues within the publication with one of her preferred sights being a bullfight. These would drive her literally mad to allow her lover to penetrate her and her orgasms are concluded on bloody notes, injuring herself or injuring another party for the sight of blood. As the violence escalates in the novel, the narrator and Simone resort to anal sex.

The desire to view corpses for sexual pleasure leads the couple to the church where they rape the priest and kill him. The couple enjoys this form of delirious sexual pleasure until the demise of Simone where the narrator reveals his past by noting that his sexual prowess with corpses begins at an early age upon his discovery of his dead mother. This concludes the various forms of sexuality evidenced in the text.

Definition of Freedom

Freedom in the publication is expressed first in the narrator’s assertion that nakedness is an indication of freedom from the virtue of clothing one’s nakedness. Throughout the novel, the narrator and his lover always like to stay in the nude or without undergarments as a way of expressing their freedom. Additionally, the couple performs its sexual escapades more in the open unlike within enclosed grounds. Simone being a woman expresses her freedom in the manner she controls her lover by freely expressing her sexual desires in terms of the positions and manner in which the act is performed. The couple is free with each other to share their sexual desires to other individuals.

For instance, although Simone and the narrator are in a consensual relationship with each other, Simone expresses her desire for Marcelle and the priest and the narrator freely accords her the permission to accomplish her desires. The freedom that the couple expresses in the publication allows them to express their sexual desires before other individuals like their friends and parents without any form of retribution. This freedom accords them the justification of rape and sexual encounters with the presence of corpses as a means of expression. In the scene where the group sex occurs, each of the participants exhibits a level of freedom into indulging into their preferences of sexual acts without any form of stigmatization from the other players.

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