Abstract


THE CONCEPT OF GENDER IDENTITY IN MIDDLESEX AND THE VIRGIN SUICIDE BY JEFFREY EUGENIDES
In the contemporary century, people have tackled by countless social problems, as a result of, conflicts which caused by the new life, exclusively after Second World War the majority of society was lost and there was the absence of identity, as well as the distinction between genders made lots of problems. In extension, gender was directly associated with the identity. As a result, authors debated those subjects within many different interprets. To explain more, the term “Identity” in literature refers to distinct meaning, for instance, national, race, ethnic and gender identity. Those topics were discussed in wide extent thus, this article attempts to show the concept of gender identity from the perspective of the famous and award-winning American writer Jeffery Eugenides. In both of his novels Middlesex and The Virgin Suicide obviously he deliberates these subjects, besides many other themes. Middlesex is the book about a hermaphrodite person it displays the suffering of the protagonist because of the absence of identity. On the other hand, the virgin suicide is a story of five girls who commit suicide one after another, correspondingly absence of identity is one of the reasons beyond their murder. This paper discusses the author’s method and the similarity and differences between both of the books. It concentrates on the concept of identity in addition, the matter of gender is another concern of this article.

Keywords
Identity, Gender, Middle Sex, Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicide, Hermaphrodite