As For Me And My House And Surfacing: Heros



The heroes of both As For Me And My House and Surfacing exist within dualistic realities; there is a constant tension between the rational and religious realms. In both books, this duality creates extreme emotional consequences that threatens the quality of life for both heroes. The hero's must therefore search for an answer, an escape or a resolution to the rational and religious paradox so that they can resolve both the inner and the outer turmoil present in their lives.
The duel reality in As For Me And My House consists of the fundamentalist or doctrinal reality which is symbolized by the town of Horizon and the rationalist reality. The literal religiosity of the town is described ...

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difficult subjects such as death, pain and suffering. According to Jordan Peterson it is human tendency to model facts, value is placed on these facts and we systematically assess what each fact signifies. This psychological process eliminates anxiety and fear. The need for a belief system is so great that Peterson states that: "We must model meanings in order to survive" (Peterson 8).
The character of Paul effectively articulates the psychological function of religion. Paul articulates how humans search for religion as a belief system in order to deal with feelings such as meaninglessness and insignificance: "[man's] helplessness, they way he's ignored - well, it was just such helplessness in the beginning that set him discovering gods who could control the storms and seasons. Powerful, friendly gods - on his side." (Ross 26). Paul understands that faith comforts man who must deal with his finite existence and the various trials of life.
The Bentley's however, do not ...

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feelings about her situation: "Three little false-fronted towns before this one have taught me to erect a false front of my own, live my own life, keep myself intact... (Ross 13). The Bentley's then, must continue to pretend for the sake of their role in their community. Eventually their false fronts' extend to all aspects of their lives.
The Bentley's lives is so overwhelmingly dictated to them by the will of the community that they are not free to make many choices by themselves. For example, Philip Bentley gives up smoking because he is afraid to be caught, Mrs. Bentley must ask a neighbour to order catalogue items for her because the community frowns upon it.
The emotional guilt ...

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