Middlesex Topics for Discussion

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Topic 1

Compare and contrast the nature versus nurture of Cal’s male gender identity. How is he genetically/inherently “male,” and how has he been taught/taught himself to express his masculinity. Do you think he could have lived the rest of his life as a woman just as easily as a man? Why or why not? Be sure to support your argument with examples from the text.

Topic 2

Give two examples of when Cal’s omniscience become limited and he cannot explain the thoughts or feelings of other characters. What narrative purpose does this serve? Do you find his omniscience believable or distracting, and why? Be sure to support your argument with examples from the text.

Topic 3

Cal is convinced his life is driven by chance, that it was “fated” that he be born a hermaphrodite. Compare and contrast the things Cal controls about his identity...

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