In both of the images above, the “two” men engaging in oral sex have very distinct and extremely similar features of one another. After reading the footnote I have come with two solutions that these men are Urizen and Los or it is one man pictured twice. I follow up with the second suggestion and argue that these images are representations of self-annihilation through masturbation. This would not be the first time that Blake has written about the need for masturbation in his works. He states in book two that in order “to cleanse the Face of my Spirit [one must commit] Self-examination” (201). Therefore, one must masturbate a sin that shan’t be broken in order to fall from heaven and cause self-annihilation. This is a way for one to break away from the religious aspects that bind us. A quote which helps fulfil the first idea is, “self-annihilation [occurs] by giving thy life to thy enemies” (200). By committing sexually oral acts with another person (i.e. an enemy) one has awoken true sexual nature, to help depart from the contrary state. By looking at the images for this idea we see the flames of Los being portrayed in the background as a form of orgasmic relief. In both cases, self-annihilation is opening up oneself to new way of thinking and therefore both of the images fit perfectly with the idea of homosexuality.

-Alina Cantero