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Geez oh Peets! March 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — writing4english @ 2:18 PM

 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.

-Geri Gabrielson

P.s. I would like to use this in my paper

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5 Responses to “Geez oh Peets!”

  1. I really like your blog! I also agree that Eugenides makes it about for Desmonda and Lefty’s relationship acceptable. It’s a sticky subject that I think a lot people don’t know much about.

    Danielle Harteau

  2. I also like your blog! I agree with you that the author did make it seem socially acceptable that Desdemona and Lefty were getting married. Even though im not too keen on the issue of incest because of what it can do to the unborn child, i can honestly say that im okay with this novel’s relationship of the brother and sister.

    -Brittany Cifka

  3. I think that the relationship between them was all that they had to hold them together, which is why they were so attatched to one another. I think that this is what caused them to feel as if they were in love with one another. The book does present the relationship between the two of them in a way to make it appear to be okay, but no matter how you look at it, it isn’t right.
    -Arielle K.

  4. I do think that the way the author presented the subject of incest really was brilliant. It was amazing how he was able to tie in so many different things to show that incest is not always as it seems. You brought up some good points i didnt think of 🙂
    -Breanna

  5. I really like your post, Geri. You can use it. Particularly the parts about identity. I also really like your source. This is a point I wanted to bring up in class, and you discuss it in a way that makes total sense.

    ~Jenna G.


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