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The House of the Spirits

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Transcript of The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits
Quotes
"
Barrabas came to us by sea
, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. She was already in the habit of writing down important matters, and afterward, when she was mute, she also recorded trivialities, never suspecting that fifty years later I would use her notebooks to reclaim the past and overcome terrors of my own." (1)
"At times I feel as if I had lived all this before and that I have already written these very words, but I know it was not I: it was another woman, who kept her notebooks so that one day I could use them. ... That's why Grandmother Clara wrote in her notebooks, in order to see things in their true demension and defy her own poor memory." (432)
Symbols/Motifs
Fate- it is a motif shown by Clara's clairvoyance. She has the ability to see/predict the futrue and ultimately the fate of the characters-but she can't change anything.
Writing- Alba constantly talks about the journals that Clara wrote. Both Alba and Clara use the writing to their advantafe- Alba by telling the tale of their family adn Clara by teaching others and giving her perspcetive.
Symbols/Motifs cont
The house on the corner- The house is very beautiful and seemingly wonderful from the outside, but on the inside it is utter chaos. This relates to the family exactly.When Esteban is in Election, Clara portrays the perfect wife and mother, but the inside of their family is chaotic, just like their house.
The class differences were a major theme in the novel. Almost everyone is different. The upper-class (the Trueba family-mostly Esteban) rule over the lower-class (the Garcia's), who work at Tres Marias. There is also a sense or need for the rights of women to be known throughout the novel.
Conflicts
Man vs. Man-The conflict and sturggle between social classes and power, as well as women rights, had an effect on each of the characters and their relationships. The politics of this time also represented the social classes, the poor lower-class were mostly socialists and the wealthy upper-class were conservatives. Almost everyone in the family were socialists except Senator Esteban Trueba. Also Man vs. Self toward the end.
Characters Cont.
Alba- the nararator and granddaughter of Clara. She is thought to be lucky. Allende switches between first point of view (Esteban and Alba) and third person. She is characterized by her actions and how it affects others. She is very giving nd caring.
Esteban Garcia- He is the son of Esteban Trueba, although he doesn't know that. He is fueled by revenge for his father abandoning him and his mother. He hates his father, yet he comes to him for help.
Characters
Clara- The mother of three and grandmother of Alba. She is clairvoyant and from the del Valle family, wealthy and prominent.
Esteban Trueba- father; his family, once wealthy, becomes poor and he goes to the mines to stike gold. He was engaged to Rosa, who dies. He is violent, selfish, and masochistic.
Blanca- She is the first born of the del Valle-Trueba family. She is practical and stubborn. She is defined mostly by her love for Pedro Tecero.
Background
Summary
Isabel Allende takes you through a journey and many generations of one family living in South America around Tres Marias and a capital city. Clara and Esteban get married and have three children. Clara is clairvoyant and is very feministic. Esteban is violent and controlling, only caring about himself and very few things affecting him. Clara keeps a journal of all of her "observations" over the years. This is the perfect insight into Clara's mind. When Clara dies, her granddaughter decides to write a story of their family with the help of her grandfather, Esteban.
Isabel Allende-1982
Lexi Stewart

Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru.
She was well known for her books The House of the Spirits and City of Beasts.
She has won many prizes including National Prize for Literature.
Her works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist".
Themes
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