The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and Towelhead by Alicia Erian

71750 Jasira simply tells her story without deeper reflection, the events in her life-changing her without a deep awareness on her part of those changes. Both The Virgin Suicides and Towelhead are novels that explore the development of sexuality within teenage girls.&nbsp.The way in which language is used in the two novels differs in regard to the level of innocence in which they are written. While Towelhead seems to have an innate innocence, the first person narrative seemingly unaware of the sexuality of the prose, The Virgin Suicides describes much of the narrative in terms that are sexual in nature. Eugenides writes “By that time, the rain had found total release and we couldn’t see across the street” (14). The suggestive language, although not directly referring to a sexual moment within the story, keeps the reader engaged in the overall sexual tone of the work.&nbsp.Towelhead, on the other hand, is written with the innocence and confusion that comes with being thirteen. While Jasira has a lack of understanding about what is happening to her, she is acutely aware that it is happening. She doesn’t seem to understand where the boundaries exist between what is appropriate and what is exploitive. The book opens simply, with a sanitized version of the whole story of why she was sent to live with her father. She says “My mother’s boyfriend got a crush on me, so she sent me to live with Daddy (Brian 1) However, she fails to mention at this point that there was inappropriate behavior. When she speaks of her mother’s boyfriend shaving her, she discusses the incident without a sense of shame. She discusses that she dreams of him coming to save her, but never approaches the way she feels about him. Despite the narrative being directly from her point of view, the feelings of those around her are more clearly written than are her own feelings.&nbsp.