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Hatred And Anger In Homer's Like The House

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This scene not only serves to illustrate why hatred and anger are not able to be acted out, but also serves to indicate the moment when Homer begins to engage with the fantasy. However, while Faye and Harry’s emotions are—like many of the characters—often a performance, prior to their meetings, Homer’s weren’t, which is what makes him both atypical and more dangerous than the other characters in the novel. Once Faye’s father dies and she moves into Homer’s home, Homer becomes fully engaged with the performance. Ironically, while Homer was sent to California so that he could get better, being drawn into this performance with face puts him on the path to become one of the people that go to Hollywood to die. Homer becomes an actor in Faye’s…show more content…
Similar to the argument that Faye has with her father, the moment one person is unable to keep up the fantasy, no one is able to successfully participate, which more often than not, leads the participants to want to destroy what has deprived them of their escape. Faye, in this case, is the person who refuses to fully participate in the fantasy because “[s]he became bored with the life they were leading together and as her boredom deepened, she began to persecute him” (111). The issue here seems to be the fact that there is still an authenticity to Homer’s actions and emotions, whereas Faye is incapable of feeling the same type of tenderness, or being candidly generous the way Homer can. As a result, she found his “servility was like that of a cringing, clumsy dog, who is always anticipating a blow, welcoming it even, and in a way that makes overwhelming the desire to strike him” (111). The anger that Faye feels leads her to be both verbally and physically abuse to Homer. While they are at dinner with Tod, Faye physically forces Homer to drink a cocktail by pouring the liquor into his mouth and holding “her hand over his lips so that he couldn’t spit it back. Some of it came out of his nose,” even though Homer has told her before that drinking makes him feel sick (112). Once he realizes that drinking may be the only thing that will appease Faye, Homer takes the next drink “but this time he took it and drank it himself fighting the stuff down” (113). He begins to act as though he enjoys it and does “his best to laugh with [Faye]” as the night goes on (114). But, it is too late. Faye is no longer fully participating in the fantasy with Homer, and when Tod witnesses the violence and malice that Faye is capable of, he forces Homer to confront reality as
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