27 October 2014
House of Lies
A great author, named Leo Tolstoy, once said, “Anything is better than lies and deceit.” It is these exact factors that play a major role in the novel House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus lll. This is a story of a man fighting to keep his family together and a women who gets unsuspectedly thrown in the middle when the government mistakenly takes her home from her. Dubus creates two strong-willed main characters that refuse to back down. Throughout the story it is the stubbornness and deception that each character possesses, which ultimately is their downfall.
Behrani works for the Highway Department during the day, and the night shift at a convenient store a town away from where his family resides. Towards the beginning of the novel, Behrani informs the readers that he is hiding what he does for jobs from his family. He explains how he utilizes a hotel down the street from his house; in order to conceal his secret, “it gives to me opportunity to clean myself and change clothes before returning home” (p. 22). Behrani has been brainwashed from his previous life that image is a major indicator to how successful a man is. He admits, “We must act as if we can live as we are accustomed” (p. 19) and he knew that it was not just him who needed to keep up their false appearance. Behrani felt that if he could keep his family acting like nothing had changed then it would soon start to feel like nothing really had. Although, his family would never be able to return to Iran, Behrani tries to recreate the way they used to live, only this time in America. His family had become so accustomed to their prestige that they were incapable of functioning any other way.
Behrani knew that he needed to do something to keep his family together because his family was all he had. This is why he chose to keep the secrets he did: to protect his family. Behrani explained, “It has been the...
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