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Wanna read an essay on the construction of male virginity in the early modern period that insinuates Neptune and Leander totally did it midway through Hero & Leander?
Hymeneutics: “for it is better to marry than to burn” - The Depiction of Virginity in Marlowe’s ‘Hero and Leander’
Marlowe’s depiction of virginity in Hero and Leander serves to critique the hypocrisy in sixteenth-century culture of a significant conception of female virginity and the absence of a male counterpart. By employing and inverting tropes of female virginity – for instance, a convent for Venus – Marlowe is challenging the cultural importance of the maidenhead. Furthermore, through feminising Leander and providing the penetrative threat of Neptune, Marlowe seeks to create a form of subversive male virginity. In remodelling notions of virginity, entrenched as they are in religious culture, Marlowe is destabilising gender binaries in order to critique religion’s role in perpetuating sex and gender differences in society.