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Hormones begin to change April 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — writing4english @ 10:26 AM

When examining Cal’s identity in book 3, the part that caught my attention the most is her interaction with her fellow classmates at Baker & Inglis. Her struggle to connect with the girls in the locker room is a good example of how her gender plays a roll in her socializing. It seems that with her inability to present herself normally with the charm bracelet girls in the shower, she can not share her identity with the rest of the girls. This is not uncommon with other teens. She, like many others, lets her differences with the other girls prevent her from forming any sort of connection with them. She hides her differences, therefore never allowing herself to fully present who she is and form an identity with her classmates.

Eventually, Cal’s identity begins to shift. She begins to have a sexual attraction with a girl in her class that she refers to as the Obscure Object. “On certain days, when the greenhouse was lit just so and the Obscure Object’s blouse unbuttoned two buttons, when the light illuminated the scapulars dangling between the cups of her brassiere, did Calliope feel any inkling of her true biological nature?” (Eugenides 330). The male hormones inside of her begin to come into fruition. Even though she identified herself as a girl, her male hormones had began to take over and shift the way she viewed and identified herself. Instead of going through a female puberty, she slowly began to experience emotions that a young male might have at that age. Cal’s love for the Obscure Object changed her identity to begin to have more of a male emotion base to it.

Nick Vecellio

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2 Responses to “Hormones begin to change”

  1. At the age of puberty, it is very hard for someone to discuss what they are going through because they think that it is only them going through it. And in the case of Cal she has no one to really talk to because the changes she is going through are nothing like anyone else could understand.

    -Jordan Houtby

  2. OK, Nick. Good post. The Baker & Inglis section is pretty interesting. There is a lot of stuff in there about female to female gender roles and role reversals.

    ~Jenna G.


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