“You buy the furniture. You tell yourself this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug.
Then you’re trapped in your lonely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you”
This passage really spoke to me as it speaks to Palahuinik’s argument against the commercial and consumer lifestyle so many people live. We see how it over takes him. The way he writes this passage actually seems like its so structured, so commonplace, it is almost robotic. It is like he is checking off items from a grocery shopping list. Got this. Check that, and so on. The point that he is really trying to make in this passage is seen at the very end of this quote, when he points out that “the things you used to own, now they own you”. People become so engrossed in the consumer lifestyle that nothing else seems to matter to them. They turn to it for protection, for comfort, and do escape from their horribly dull and unimportant lives. This is a chain that must be broken, as the narrator, as well as Palahunik wants to prove. This is the best way in which he can prove that.