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The Day of the Locust

Great fiction often surprises the reader, and Homer’s violent response to Adore’s taunts is just such a surprise. This is not to say that, when Homer is struck in the face with the stone, the reader does not feel a violent response is possible. But throughout the novel, the longsuffering Homer bears his cross with a “sweet grin” (West 358). Perhaps a more prescient reader could foresee some latent violence in Homer’s “unruly hands,” but this seems unlikely (264). And while there are signs that Homer is not mentally sound, his voyeurism outside Faye’s apartment being a prime example, there is little to hint at violence. Throughout the novel, Homer meekly suffers Faye’s abuse. As the scene in the Cinderella…