In Middle Sex we are introduced to characters that are put into mind-blowing situations that define them into who they are, or into who they believe they are. Desdemona and Lefty Stephanides are two of the characters that are introduced as brother and sister. They grew up together, lived together, and even shared a room for most of their lives together. Even though the relation, Desdemona and Lefty fall in love and engage in sexual intercourse, which is known as incest. When the topic of incest is brought up among most people, they tend to cringe and tell all about how disgusting and wrong it is. Jeffery Eugenides tells us this brilliant story of these two people who happen to be brother and sister, but whom fall in love. He tells this story in such a way that it almost seems acceptable. Now, when I picture this happening in real life I shiver at the idea. I can’t picture anything more wrong or horrible as incest. It just doesn’t seem right to me.
Desdemona and Lefty were going through hard times; they lost their parents, their home, and their identity, which led to their migration to America. The loss of all of their belongings and hopes is what also led to their relationship and longing for one another. As these changes occurred their identities were lost and destroyed. In a way, for Desdemona and Lefty this was a new chance, a new life. They could make up their own identities; they had the freedom to a clean slate. “Sailing across the ocean among half a thousand perfect strangers conveyed an anonymity in which my grandparents could re-create themselves.” pg. 68 That is exactly what they did; they made their relationship and love into a tall tale, which began on The Giulia on its way to America.
The effects of incest are mainly depression and anxiety because of how others view the participants. http://family.jrank.org/pages/847/Incest-Effects-on-Victims.html But, in this case they did not have to suffer from the cruelty of others. Desdemona and Lefty only had to suffer with the thoughts and questioning they had within their own minds.
P.s. I would like to use this in my paper