The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project


Moisés Kaufman

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Jonas Slonaker Character Analysis

Jonas Slonaker is a Laramie resident and an openly gay man. Jonas is horrified by Matthew Shepard’s murder and he believes that it reveals deep-seated bigotry in Laramie. Jonas feels that the Wyoming axiom of “live and let live,” although seemingly tolerant, is actually a way for Wyoming residents to mask and avoid confronting their homophobia. A year after Matthew’s murder, Jonas still feels frustrated by what he sees as a complete lack of systemic progress, particularly because of the lack of newly-passed anti-discrimination legislation.

Jonas Slonaker Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Jonas Slonaker or refer to Jonas Slonaker. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Act 2: Live and Let Live Quotes

And it’s even in some of the Western literature, you know, live and let live. That is such crap. I tell my friends that—even my gay friends bring it up sometimes. I’m like, “That is crap, you know?” I mean basically what it boils down to: If I don’t tell you I’m a fag, you won’t beat the crap out of me. I mean, what’s so great about that?

Related Characters: Jonas Slonaker (speaker), Matthew Shepard
Page Number: 60
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Act 3: Epilogue Quotes

Change is not an easy thing, and I don’t think people were up to it here… it’s been a year since Matthew Shepard died, and they haven’t passed shit in Wyoming…at a state level, any town, nobody anywhere, has passed any kind of laws, anti-discrimination laws or hate crime legislation… What’s come out of it…that’s concrete or lasting?

Related Characters: Jonas Slonaker (speaker), Matthew Shepard
Page Number: 87
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Jonas Slonaker Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Jonas Slonaker appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: Easier said than done
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
The narrator then introduces Jonas Slonaker , a gay man who moved to Laramie because he loves Wyoming. He talks about... (full context)
Act 2: Live and Let Live
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
...for her safety and would be afraid to show affection for her partner in public. Jonas Slonaker , another gay Laramie resident, talks about the Western idea of “live and let live,”... (full context)
Act 3: Epilogue
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Jonas Slonaker talks about how difficult change can be, and says that he feels that meaningful change... (full context)