What's the major theme in As for Me and My House?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sinclair Ross reveals the theme of hypocrisy through his use of setting, detail, and metaphor in his novel As For Me and My House.

Ross's details describes the buildings in Horizon as "smug" and "insolent," using their false-fronts to make them seem more than they are (7, 23).  The houses are a metaphor for the people themselves, whose self-righteous attitudes are a false facade.  They make a public showing of accepting God, but on the inside, find themselves unable to understand His grace.  Phillip's role as a minister who does not truly believe in God underscores the theme as well; like the store fronts, Phillip projects a false image to the outside world.