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The House of the Spirits-FOILS
Transcript of The House of the Spirits-FOILS
The term ‘foil’ refers to a literary device where the author creates a character whose primary purpose is to create a contrast to another character by laying emphasis or drawing attention to the latter’s traits and characteristics through the former’s obviously contradictory ones.
Mirrored Characters- Foils
Examples of foils in pop culture
Mariah, Palmer, Kalika
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What about foils in The House of the Spirits?
"... he felt constantly punished, even in the days when he had reached the height of his power and had them all in his fist."
"But Alba did not feel the least bit lonely."
""I see it's Senator Trueba's granddaughter!" Garcia exclaimed ironically."
"He wanted to hurt her, destroy her...He wanted to do it,feel her writhing and kicking at his knees...He wanted to hear her moan and die in his arms. He wanted to pull off her clothes. He felt violently aroused."
"In that part of the country, which was littered with illegitimate children and even legitimate ones who had never met their fathers, he was probably the only one to grow up hating his last name."
"...if only his father had been born inplace of Blanca, Jaime, or Nicolas, he would have inherited Tres Marias..."
"...the strange Esteban Garcia,
who was destined to play a terrible role in the history
of the family."
"Esteban Garcia picked up a nail and was about to stick it in his grandfather's eye when Blanca arrived and shoved him away..."
"'There's no need to worry about this little girl. She will be lucky and she will be happy.'"
"...[Esteban Trueba] had gone through a lot of trouble to be sure the child would not have to use her mother's as if she were a child of shame and sin."
"...left him a true orphan in that crowd of brothers and cousins where he was a nobody."
""I'm going to die aren't I darling?" she asked.
"Yes, Grandmother, but it doesn't matter because I'm here with you," the child replied."
"She was in love."
"She finished school that year and decided to study philosophy for pleasure and music to annoy her grandfather..."
Alba's 14th birthday present.
"Alba immediately recognized the voice of Esteban Garcia. At that moment she understood that he had been waiting for her ever since the distant day when he had sat her on his knees, when she was just a child."
Garcia's feelings are blurred and changed, he seems to almost have a love for Alba.
"I have to break that terrible chain."