Study Guide

The Golem and the Jinni The Home

By Helene Wecker

The Home

Barbara Eden never seemed unhappy in her bottle. (Who would, with that groovy interior?) But the Jinni isn't happy in his flask. Frankly, he's not happy anywhere. It's difficult to make a home for yourself when you're not even happy in your own body. Thing is, pretty much every character in The Golem and the Jinni is an immigrant in some way or another, having left their original home to find themselves living in a brand new city. Now that they've made the voyage, they have to make their home anew.

Questions About The Home

  1. How does New York City differ from the desert that the Jinni used to call home? Are there any similarities? How does this impact the Jinni's experience?
  2. Why doesn't the Jinni make more of an effort to be part of the community in Little Syria?
  3. Is Arbeely happy in is his small apartment home? And why does the Jinni hold this against him?
  4. Why is it important to the Rabbi that the Golem find a home of her own?

Chew on This

The Golem is content (if not necessarily happy) in her boardinghouse because it's the only home she's ever known.

Michael Levy spends so much time helping others find a home at the Sheltering House that he neglects to make a home of his own.