In House of Sand and Fog there are 2 sides fighting for rights to a house. To me Kathy fits into the category of the working poor because she cleans houses for a living. Behrani also fits into that category because he does some construction and manages a gas station. Kathy lies to her mom about how well she is doing in her 12 step program and her life with her husband in general while Behrani lies to his family/friends in Iran about his wealth in America. The house symbolizes a dream for both characters but only one can walk away with it. Behrani wants to up his social status by making changes to the house and then reselling it for four times the amount he bought it for. Kathy’s father worked 30 years to pay off the house and its all she has to her name, without it she becomes completely homeless. Both characters use this house as a way to define themselves. Behrani tries really hard to hold on the his title as a military officer even though he was kicked out of Iran and his miliary status means nothing in America. I found this to be an interesting comparison to Kathy being kicked out of her home and no one listening to her when she says its hers and she tries deperately to hold on to it. The house isnt legally hers anymore, the same way Behrani is no longer a military officer but still wants the title. In Kathys head the house is hers and only hers and in Behrani’s head he will always be an officer.
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