Are there specific conflict that arises from the differing values of respect, money, women and/or relationships regarding Kathy and Behrani?Behrani and Kathy have different values when it comes...

Are there specific conflict that arises from the differing values of respect, money, women and/or relationships regarding Kathy and Behrani?

Behrani and Kathy have different values when it comes to respect/dignity...Behrani really values respect, even when it comes from strangers, lack of respect frustrates him..."they view me no longer then a man would view an insect.." This is when the Germans didnt treat him with respect becuase he was wearing a road crew uniform (dirty).

Kathy sometimes doesn't even care, like when she goes to restaurants drunk, and the waiter can tell she is drunk by her slurred words.

How does the differing value of respect, allow there to be more tension between Kathy and Behrani, strengthening the central theme. Which is, in my opinion:

Narrowmindedness drives one to become blind towards anothers svalues which encourages them to rely on stereotypes and appearances, disregarding the truth

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The real conflict in the story comes from the struggle over the house.  Kathy is wrongfully evicted from her home, which the Behrani's benefit from by purchasing at auction.  Both Kathy and Behrani are fragile, suffering from a sense of dislocation.

Behrani is an honorable man from a culture based on respect and tradition.  Kathy is reeling from the events that happen too fast, resulting in the loss of her home.

Kathy's desperation to recover the house that was sold out from under her by mistake pushes her to make tragic choices.  She deals with the situation by trying to commit suicide. 

"Consequently, each makes choices that, instead of leading to the desired goal of home, family, and security, result in cumulative disasters that echo those of ancient Greek tragedy."

"At the center of the novel is a cluster of social issues and values that define the theme of the American dream. Stated positively, the dream includes a loving marriage, a home of one's own, a decent job in which one feels useful and respected, and the ability to provide security for one's posterity, and being, consequently, justly proud of his or her position both within the family and in the community."

"In addition to these external values there are a related set of values that are more internal, such as the desire for happiness, for love, for the strength to cope with the problems that arise in life."