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As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross examines the lives of an unhappily married couple during the Great Depression. The setting—a small prairie town experiencing drought—is symbolic of the main characters' dry and fruitless marriage. Likewise, as the nation experiences financial troubles, their marriage is also bankrupt. There is no evidence of passion, love, or adoration in their relationship.
However, there is a hint that the husband and wife still care for each other. For instance, they feel strong emotions and resentment towards one another when they discover the other's infidelity. There are also strong emotions when one of them gives attention to something else, such as the dog. This shows that both husband and wife secretly long for the other's attention, and that they can still provoke emotional responses within each other.
Another symbolic element in the story is the name of the small church that Mr. Bentley, the husband, takes over as preacher. It is called Horizon, and in the end, Mr. Bentley—along with his wife and the baby of his mistress—leave Horizon for a new town. In other words, they find a new horizon.
As for Me and My House examines the complexities of human relationships and is filled with examples of existentialist philosophy. It is reminiscent of Terrence Malick's 1978 film Days of Heaven.
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