William Styron's Set This kind of House on Fire

This kind of novel continues to be criticized intended for it's character analysis in this it " often relies too seriously upon internal explanations, a sort of rational reductionism that decreases matphysical speculations to Freudian solutions. " Most of the internet pages are spent trying to clarify the purpose behind these kinds of actions applying psychological evaluation.

Styron starts at the end of his story, returns to the starting, and then tries to explain the results by jumping from one destination to another inside the plot.. Philip Leverett, the narrator, journeys to the tiny Italian village of Sambuco at the request of his childhood friend, Mason Flagg. Flagg can be described as shallow and manipulative multi-millionare. Within a time of Leverett's arrival, Flagg commits committing suicide, after murdering and raping a local Italian language girl. The rest of the book deal with Leverett's attempt to know what happened by Sambuco, the two through his own recollections and those from the artist Cass Kinsolving, another resident of Sambuco and friend of Leverett's.

Through Leverett the reader discovers about the the events that occurred which in turn impacted Mason Flagg's persona. A few Freudian observations can be drawn from the narrator. Firstly, Flagg a new strange romance with his mother, Wendy. Having been kicked out of 3 private colleges in his youth, causing the family to relocate and begin anew. The next time he was expelled, he was in a Catholic school, and was trapped having sex in a church. His mother and father protected him, and he received no punishment for this unholy act. Nevertheless , Flagg's repeated failures in school inflict pain on Wendy. She was an intoxicating, and they a new close romantic relationship. Unfortunately, she'd always grumble to her son about her troubles and past mistakes. Flagg's romantic relationship with his mom resulted in his disrespect for females as the.

Leverett manipulator, although most of the tale is told by Cass Kinsolving, explaining how...