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The House Of Sand And Fog

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Los Angeles Times states that “The most rending kind of war is not between two hatreds, but between two hopes”. Correspondingly, Andre Dubus III introduces two hopes in the novel House of Sand and Fog written in 1999. Behrani and Kathy, two determined yet fragile individuals, come from different backgrounds that meet in the California hills struggles to gain social stability. The competing desires for the house leads to Behrani’s ultimate downfall. His obsession with the house comes from the ambition to procure a large sum of money to ameliorate the family’s social status in America; as a result, he is blind to see the house’s flaws. Consequently, this restricts his ability to understand ...view middle of the document...

“Perhaps it is the seized property I must begin to view, the used, the broken, the stolen. Perhaps there is where we can get our start”. (Dubus III, 20) Behrani prepares the start of a new life, “a life in the buying and selling of American real estate”. (Dubus III, 33) When he tours around the house for the first time, he feels a sense of destiny. Without any hesitation, he purchases the house at forty five thousand dollars. He obsesses with the house because the house s what he seeks for and reminds him of their summer home in the mountains near the Caspian Sea. His fingers trembles when he recalls the low cost of the house and most importantly, the house worths one hundred and eighty thousand dollars in total. He sees the house as a turning point for the family to restore their sicial status and the beginning of a bright future. Behrani finds it hard to step out of his obsession with the house and he thinks nothing else but how to increase the value of the house. This results his blindness to see house’s flaws.
Behrani’s blindness to see the house’s flaws because he loves the house which he purchases. This blindness leads to his misunderstanding with Kathy when they encounter. While Behrani cuts his lawn, the construction worker of the widow’s walk greets him and asks him whether he sees the woman who claims herself to be the owner of the house. At first, Behrani mistakes Kathy as Najar’s girlfriend. It is shocking to hear this unexpected piece of information from an outsider. He does not take in the piece of information seriously and places Kathy in the category of crazy people, he says to Najar: “In my country crazy people are put in hospitals, but here you let them wander as free as sheep”. (Dubus III, 83) Kathy is really anxious to get the house back because she is currently homeless and she has about eight hundred in checking and fifty...

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