your hand if you've ever wondered: Are we really born this way? Can I blame my childhood (and my parents) for
everything I don't like about myself? How much do things like war and violence
change people? Yep, we thought so—it's part of human nature to think about
these big head-scratchers once in a while.
The Orange Houses makes us ask ourselves these questions to
think about what's happening to Jimmi, Fatima, and Mik in their everyday lives.
Jimmi thinks about this stuff all the time, searching for the meaning of life,
while Mik grapples with a private life versus one that includes other people
and Fatima quests for freedom. The question is, then: Do any of them find
Questions About Life, Consciousness, and Existence
Jimmi wants to know if life is worth living. What conclusion does he reach? Is his life worth it to him in the end?
think the war is to blame for Jimmi's addiction to drugs and his depressed
state? How much does he blame his experience overseas for his troubles?
writes on his arm "the essence of the is." What do you think that
means? How does it connect to his philosophy on life?
Chew on This
<em>The Orange Houses </em>suggests that all people are born the same, but
are shaped by their different experiences.
wants to keep on living the whole time, but he only realizes how much he values
his own existence when it's under attack.