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As For Me and My House

“As For Me and My House” is a very complex novel by Sinclair Ross. The novel is told to the reader as journal recordings of Mrs. Bentley. The main character consist in the journal are Mrs. Bentley’s husband Philip, a school teacher Paul, choir girl in church Judith and abandon child Steve. Because the story is told as a journal, so everything is in a view through Mrs. Bentley’s eyes and is in her point of view. The setting of the story is in a small town Horizon located in the Canadian prairies. The novel opens the Bentleys arrival to Horizon. This is the fourth small town to which Philip has been moved. Being a Minister was not easy, they have to face the community’s stereotypes.The things they do would be monitor by the towns people, that is why the Bentley would put on a false font to give the town’s people an impression that they are traditional Christians or the image that the people wants to see. Although the relationship between Mrs. Bentley and Philip has grown into
merely a roommate relationship, they would show little love towards one another. I argued that Mrs. Bentley usage of false fronts towards Philip has saved their marriage.
The Bentley has been married for twelfth years. In her journal Mrs. Bentley recalls that how Philip became a minister. After Philip’s graduation, he married a music student, who was Mrs. Bentley, but unfortunately Philip was force to work for the United Church as a minister because of the expenses incurred with the birth of the stillborn child and also the debts has piled up. Although Philip’s dream was to become an artist, he is now trapped himself in the small town he was trying to escape from. The life in the small town and their own hypocrisy has driven the Bentleys apart. In Mrs. Bentley’s diary you can see how Philip’s feel towards his job and towards Mrs. Bentley “After all, could the pebbles of his disbelief do and real harm to and institution like the church”(25). Mrs. Bentley and …

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