Can you help me in providing a few titles about one's struggle after his/hers home or place of living is destroyed ?I am trying to find books/ movies where an individual is forced to leave his...

Can you help me in providing a few titles about one's struggle after his/hers home or place of living is destroyed ?

I am trying to find books/ movies where an individual is forced to leave his house and in this sense the web of connection between him/her and one's place of living is destroyed.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Here's a different one:  how about the character of Jenny in Forrest Gump?  Almost all of her self-destructive actions of her life are a result of the horrid sexual abuse committed by her father.  Jenny escapes from that house and, out of love for her, Forrest has it bulldozed to the ground.

You could also consider absolutely any story of the holocaust.  One heroine that fits:  Anne Frank.  She was definitely forced to leave her home and seek shelter in hiding.  Yet another movie that focuses on this issue (and one of my favorites):  Life is Beautiful.

And, oh my gosh, SOOOO many horror flicks (some of them both books and movies)!  A few off the cuff:  The Shining, Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, and even 28 Days Later!  Ah, the haunted hotel that Danny and his mom flee in a snowcat leaving Jack (i.e. the awesome Jack Nicholson) to freeze to death in the snow as a result of the ability of the hotel to "shine."  Further, after Carol Ann's experience with the supernatural (and her mom's swim in the muddy pool), the family watches as their home folds into ghostly annihilation and they push the TV out of their hotel.  And who would want to continue to deal with all of the "real" phenomena in that horrible house in Amityville.  Finally, fleeing the flesh-eating zombies (wow, it sounds stupid when you say it that way), people flee their homes to band together in order to stay alive in 28 Days Later.

Sometimes it's a blast to push the envelope with an "assignment" like this.  Here's to hoping that even more people weigh-in!

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What is the What, by Dave Eggers, seems to fit this category of books. The novel is based on the true story of  Valentino Deng whose home in Marial Bai was destroyed by militants.  Deng was one of the "Lost Boys," who was rescued from a Kenyan refugee camp and relocated in Atlanta during the Sudanese civil war.  The story is one of survival against what were seemingly insurmountable odds both in Kenya and, believe it or not, in Atlanta.

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The Road by Cormic McCarthy comes immediately to mind when you bring this up.  In this futuristic novel, a Holocaust (most likely technological but possibly a natural disaster) has destroyed almost all of humanity.  The world is dark, desolate and almost completely devoid of life.  A father and son desperately try to survive starvation, the only company being roving bands of cannibals.

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Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zepheniah is a heartbreaking novel about an Eritrean refugee in the UK who has to cope with the loss of his parents and homeland. You might want to consider other works of refugees that concern the themes of loss, exile and uprooting. Much of the works of V. S. Naipaul consider these themes. I have recently read an excellent book called The Road by Rose Tremain concerning a Polish immigrant into the UK. Another incredible recent publication is The Devil's Highway, detailing the perilous illegal entry of Mexicans into America.

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drrab | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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The most recent that comes to mind is "Things We Lost in the Fire" with Halle Barry. (Movie)

Also, an older one is "Fiddler on the Roof" which is totally about being uprooted from home. (Jews in Russia) Also, as the children break with tradition, they leave the area, something that ordinarily would not have been done in that time frame. The youngest goes the farthest with her husband to Siberia, and it is very likely whe will not see her family again.

On a slightly different take, "Jane Eyre" might meet the criteria. She was on orphan. When she turned 18, she had to leave and support herself. what/who did she know? What work could she do? So getting a "good spot" was very important. If you didn't have money, you had to marry it, so to speak, or find a job as a nanny so you would have room and board.

I'll try to think of a few more. How many did you need? Could poetry work or do you want the longer writings?

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