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message 1: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3777 comments Mod
What is peculiar about the narrator's house? Why did he build it? What do you think motivated him to build it thus?


message 2: by Book (new)

Book Wormy | 1801 comments Mod
He has built a replica of his childhood home. I think he built it because it was the place where he first fell in love and where he felt safe.


message 3: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3777 comments Mod
It is a replica of his childhood home. He was trying to joint the beginning and end but I think he really wanted to capture a simpler time when he was innocent before jealousy destroyed him.


message 4: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 166 comments I like your answer, Kristel, and agree. He is trying to evoke the time of life when he was surrounded by the love of family and his relationship with Capitu was more of a fantasy in his mind.


message 5: by Diane (new)

Diane | 1889 comments The house is a detailed reproduction of his childhood home. He built it as a means of connecting the two ends of his life, in an attempt to restore adolescence in old age. I agree with Kristel that he probably wanted to go back to a simpler time in his life.


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