House Journal Response


In the story “House” by Jane Rule, the protagonist, Harry, undergoes an epiphany about moving out to another house.


In the story, Harry wanted to be like everybody else, instead of being unconventional. Most people in this world tend to want what everybody else wants. This story shows that in a way that, Harry wants to be like everyone else in the neighborhood, while Anna wants to be unconventional, and live on an island.


At the start of the story, Harry said Anna has a “Case of retarded development” meaning, Harry believes she wasn’t being realistic and wanted crazy things, like a child. Harry believed being realistic and what the right decision would be, is to purchase a house, like everybody else.


By the end of the story, Harry realizes that his belief in being like everyone else was the good idea, was not the right idea. He realized that being like everyone else was what a good and happy life would have to be.


A lot of people today tend to strive for similar things in life, because they’ve heard other people mention it, while only some others strive for things they see as their own goals in life as an individual. If everyone were to want the exact same thing, nobody would be very different, nor would anyone look different, or out of the normal.

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