Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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Derwin Areno Character Analysis

The 46-year-old son of Harold and Annette, and a pipefitter like his father. Derwin cannot remember a time when the bayou was not seriously polluted, and his parents are frightened that he is willing to eat the fish living in it. He suggests that the rapture might be the bayou’s only chance at ever getting cleaned up.

Derwin Areno Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land

The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by Derwin Areno or refer to Derwin Areno. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the The New Press edition of Strangers in Their Own Land published in 2016.
Chapter 3 Quotes

The Arenos didn't simply remember the good old days of a clean Bayou d'Inde. They remembered against the great forgetting of industry and state government. This institutional forgetting altered the private act of mourning. And not just that. It altered the Arenos’ very identity. They had not left Bayou d'Inde. They were stayers. They didn't want to leave, and even if they had wanted to, they couldn't afford to. The polluting companies had given them no money to enable them to move. And the value of their house had now fallen, for who would want to live on Bayou d'Inde Pass Road, even in a home as beautifully kept up as theirs? The Arenos had become stay-at-home migrants. They had stayed. The environment had left.

Page Number: 49
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Derwin Areno Character Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land

The timeline below shows where the character Derwin Areno appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3 – The Rememberers
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Personal Identity and Emotional Self-Interest Theme Icon
The Arenos’ son Derwin stops by with fried chicken from Popeyes. He cannot remember a time before the bayou... (full context)
Trust, Empathy, and Political Progress Theme Icon
The Environment and the Economy Theme Icon
Personal Identity and Emotional Self-Interest Theme Icon
...safe to eat from the bayou. Harold refuses to eat anything that lives there, but Derwin trusts his instincts and eats anything that looks, smells, and tastes normal. Annette takes issue... (full context)
The Environment and the Economy Theme Icon
Derwin Areno notes that warning signs on the bayou have been taken down and he suggests... (full context)
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The Environment and the Economy Theme Icon
Personal Identity and Emotional Self-Interest Theme Icon
...pollution and understands what they have endured. They think that the “End Times” are approaching fast—Derwin suggests that God’s cleansing fire is probably the bayou’s best chance of getting cleaned up.... (full context)