Examine how Merricat and Constance see their house.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The original question had to be edited.  I would say that at the end of the novel, Merricat and Constance view their home as a new start.  The physical description of the house at the end as a castle helps to establish the idea that a new kingdom or type of dominion has become present with just the two sisters.  In this, the sisterly bond has constructed a kingdom of a house where a sense of understanding and justice from the evil of the world around them has become evident.  Merricat and Constance now see their house as a domain of strength, whereas before they constantly had to fend off threats from the outside world.  As the neighbors take to destroying their house as a result of the fire from Charles' pipe, there is a new structure that emerges.  For both sisters, it becomes clear that this structure, resembling a castle with turrets, is something like a new kingdom, a distinctive realm where their sisterhood rules over all and ensures that they will no longer be susceptible from the contemptuous condition of the world around them.  It is here where I think that both sisters view their house as something in which empowerment results and enables the girls to be free from victimization.


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