When I first started reading this book, I did not really know what to expect, but so far I find it interesting to see things from other people’s points of view. We are first introduced to Calliope, know reffered to as Cal. He is a hermaphrodite. I feel that this is a sensitives subject that some people feel uncomfortable discussing. I have been fascinated so far about a hermaphrodites point of view because you get an idea of what they go through, physically and mentally. Personally, I think that there are some people in this world that were born in the wrong body and unfortunately have to deal with society’s idea of them when all they want is to be seen as everybody else. In book one, “The Silver Spoon” of this novel, “Middlesex”, Cal shares some of his family’s history. This is where we are introduced to Cal’s grandparents, Desmonda and Lefty. After loosing their parents at a young age, the brother and sister live together. Later in the story, Desmonda and Lefty actually begin a romantic relationship, where the issue of incest comes into play. Even though they were aware of what they were doing was wrong, they began the relationship because they “loved [each other the most] and knew [each other] better than any other” (Eugenides 37). In my opinion, I do not encourage incest and sometimes cringe at the thought of it because society has taught us that incest is wrong. In the novel however, it seems that the author is accepting this relationship and gives readers a look at how Desmonda and Lefty feel. Again, this is also an uncomfortable and sensitive subject with most because society has brought us up thinking incest is morally wrong. Overall, I feel that the population does not dicuss the topics of incest and hermaphrodites because not only do they feel uncomfortable, but I think the population is uneducated about these subjects. I think this is an interesting novel because it gives readers the opprotunity to try to understand and see what the characters are going through.
Professor Gerds- I am hoping to somehow put some of the things I have written here in my essay. I’m not sure if it’s exactly what I am going to say, but maybe the ideas I have can help? Thank you!