Summary Of Marilynne Robinson 's ' Housekeeping ' Essays

1859 Words Dec 18th, 2015 8 Pages
After reading Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, one may ask, how does this book fit into a course addressing genus, genius, and gender? For one, this course focuses on the female geniuses of literature and how they fall into the genus, which is driven by the male gender. In this respect, the narrator in Housekeeping is a young girl, Ruth, who happens to be the genius in this story. She tells us, in quite detail, the story of how her family came to reside in the town of Fingerbone, and the struggles she and her sister Lucille went through after their mother and grandmother passed away. Ruth starts out the story by telling us, the reader, about her grandfather, whom she never had the pleasure of knowing. She tells us of his paintings of mountains that didn’t really resemble mountains at all. Stating that when he was growing up, he lived in a “mound” in the ground, a home that was dug out of the earth to where their windows were level with the ground. He researched all he could so that one day he could get out of that place. Ruth gave many details of her grandfather, some of which made him out to seem not too bright, but others did. He did well enough to get himself to a new town that was surrounded by mountains, however this town had a tendency to flood, therefore he built his home up on a hill so that there was little flooding in his home. Her grandfather worked for the railroad and was killed, well before she was born, when the train he was on derailed off the…

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