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Middlesex:Book Two April 6, 2010

Filed under: Detroit,Middlesex — writing4english @ 10:41 AM

As I read Book Two of Eugenides “Middlesex”, there were several topics mentioned in his novel that were also mentioned in our class’ lectures and esaay, like Detroit. In Book Two, Desdemona and Lefty have reached their destination, Detroit, Michigan to escape from turmoil and war in their home country. It is clear that Detroit was quite different from where these two foreigners were from. For instance, Detroit’s environment seemed to be more crowded and culturally diverse, whereas the small village they were from, everyone knew everyone and were all the same. However, I have also notice that the city of Detroit had its’ problems back then as well. Despite the city’s “Cadallac Tower, the New Union Trust Building and Fisher Building”, Detroit’s housing shortages and segregation amongst whites and blacks were some of the “seeds of the city’s destruction” (Eugenides 88). Book Two also mentions the Depression that affected the city, which Desdemona could not discuss without “wailing” and saw as “manic depression” (136). It seems that Detroiters back then were suffering from the economy like we are today, such as the laying off of jobs. Like now, this affected everyone living in Detroit, one way or another. Eugenides “Middlesex” definitely shows readers that the city has always struggled to some extent. It is a shame that even throughout history, Detroit has suffered because it has potential to be a good city. Despite Detroit’s bad reputation, the city has promise. Overall, Eugenides shows us readers that Detroit seems to be suffering from the same problems as it is presently. I feel like this city keeps going through a continuous and unstoppable cycle of segregation, destruction and depression.

Danielle Harteau


4 Responses to “Middlesex:Book Two”

  1. I feel the same way. I even wrote about how the situations have changed but the ideas stay the same. For instance, the way you wrote about the economy. Our wages are much higher and there is much more to offer, but we still suffer from job loses the same way. Nice post!

    Nayeli Garza.

  2. I like how you not only narrowed in on Detroit and its role in the book, but how you also compared it to Detroit then and now. Good idea and nice observations.

    Kristen Danyal

  3. Nice job, Danielle. I’ll agree with Nayeli’s comment. I was particularly struck with the comparisons about the economy when re-reading this book. These were also included in the documentary we watched: when it started talking about “decentralization” in the 50s, the language he used made it sound exactly like what is going on today.

    ~Jenna G.

  4. i liked this because i didnt really think about it this way so it opened my eyes to a new perspective. You did really good with your comparisons and or detroits past and present

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