Home is Hard to Avoid

As the title suggests, home is all around. Although the idea of home is subjective and can vary greatly, we are all aware of the classic images of home and the stereotypes. As the story progresses, Josie is finding it harder and harder to escape the idea of home. And as home engulfs her, her hatred towards the Chateau and its cramped, dirty entirety. When stumbling upon the bed and breakfast, Josie thought, “this home, this property, was evidence of the glory of the land, this country . There was so much. There was so much space, so much land, so much to spare. It invited the weary and homeless like herself, her worthy children. (p.219)” Josie couldn’t escape this feeling of needing a stable home, especially for her children. This bed and breakfast became the epitome of home in Alaska, even though, by nature, the bed and breakfast isn’t a stable home. Even Paul and Ana began to really grow weary of the mobility as Paul snapped at his mom for wanting to leave the comfortable, stable bed and breakfast, ‘Paul was outraged. “You mean leave?” (p. 221)’ Paul and Ana did not share the sentiments of Josie and just wanted to stay firm in their homestead, whatever that may be. Eggers is laying out the notations to home to show that this trip is coming to an end as Josie is hopelessly lost and frantically searching for a new home and new life in Alaska, but can’t find it.


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