Saint Sebastian

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Saint Sebastian

Gabriel Rutherford

This piece is very close to the bone personally. In it, there is an exhibition of great unconditional love of many types, but also of a great selflessness - Felix is willing to hide his overpowering love away to protect his family and his friend from the reality of the situation. As well as this, the values of courage and honesty feature highly in this piece, as Felix resolves to tell Henry of his feelings in a time and place where to do such a thing is both socially unacceptable and a crime. Felix's dedication to Henry is admirable, as is his honesty with himself and his bravery in standing up for who he is; rather than be what is expected - so the values of individuality and freewill are also prominent. As a once-closeted bisexual, I'm aware of something approaching the emotions Felix feels, but the thought of the torment of LGBT+ youths in a past age, where such passions had to be completely hidden, was where 'Saint Sebastian' came from.

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