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And of Clay Are We Created
Transcript of And of Clay Are We Created
Man vs. Nature
" ...a prolonged roar announced the end of the world, and walls of snow broke loose, rolling in an avalanche of clay, stones, and water that descended on the villages and buried them beneath unfathomable meters of telluric vomit" (586)
Man vs. Self
" He was Azuncena; he was buried in the clayey mud; his terror was not the distant emotion of an almost forgotten childhood, it was a claw sunk in his throat" (594).
Influences in the Author's Life on the Story
The Rise of Allende's career
The novel was based on the political changes in her home country and was made into a movie (Isabel,
Allende's first four books outlined the role of women in the politics of Latin America (Isabel,
After divorcing her first husband a year earlier, she married a lawyer named William Gordon (Isabel,
Much like Rolf Carlé stayed by Azucena's side, Isabel Allende kept vigil at her daughter's side. Her daughter, Paula, spent a year in a coma . For Allende, this must have felt like her daughter was stuck in a symbolic hole of mud. Much like Azucena, Paula could not move or leave. The disease she suffered from claimed her life slowly, much like the death Azucena suffered.
Point Of View
In that vast cemetery where the odor of death was already attracting vultures from far away, and where the weeping of orphans and wails of the injured filled the air, the little girl obstinately clinging to life became the symbol of the tragedy. (586)
He signaled the others to pull, but as soon as the cord tensed, the girl screamed. The tried again, and her shoulders and arms appeared, but they could move her no farther; she was trapped. (589)
The author sets an anxious, suspenseful, and sympathetic tone throughout this story.
The child's every suffering hurt me as it did him; I felt his frustration, his impotence. ...At times I would be overcome with compassion and burst out crying; at other times, I was so drained I felt as if I were staring through a telescope at the light of a star dead for a million years. (591)
Isabel Allende wrote "And of Clay Are We Created" based on a historical event that happened.
Nevada Del Ruiz volcano erupted
in north-central Colombia on November 14th, 1985. Ice melted and caused mud to flow in the valleys below (Shabankareh Bandari).
20, 000 people died
A girl with almost the same condition as Azucena named Omayra Sanchez was found buried in mud, surrounded by the rubble of her house and the bodies of her family.
Terms and Illusions
First communion name
: a name traditionally given to a Roman Catholic child at the time of the child’s first participation in the rite of Holy Communion
: relating to the earth
: an intuitive feeling about the future, especially one of foreboding
: a soft boggy area of land that gives way underfoot
: dead bodies
: death and decay of body tissue, usually resulting from injury or disease
Elizabeth Williams, Angela Boone, Kate Rosenstengel, Mikayla Kremer
Honors English 10
11 April 2014
She was born on August 2, 1942 in Lima, Peru (Isabel,
Though born in Peru, her family was from Chile (Isabel,
Allende graduated high school at the age of sixteen (Isabel,
Begins at a scene where a girl named Azucena died
, describing the area as a "vast cemetery where death was already attracting vultures from far away" (Allende 586).
goes back in time, before eruption
: in cotton fields, near a mountain predicted to erupt with nearby towns in the valley.
Reporters and help arrive the following day.
eruption = new rivers form overnight from melted snow, impassable roads, decomposing bodies
Narrator refers to
Rolf Carlé staying with Azucena at the scene for the following three days.
Open up to each other about their pasts on second day; Azucena dies on the night of the third day.
The volcanic eruption
and the following events
Indirect characterization: speech
"Someone suggested that her legs might be caught in the collapsed walls of her house, but she said it was not just rubble, that she was also held by the bodies of her brothers and sister clinging to her legs" (589).
Indirect characterization: action
"Azucena's face was beamed to millions of screens around the world. And all of the while Rolf Carlé kept pleading for a pump" (592).
Third Person Limited
The narrator of the story knows everything Rolf is thinking throughout the story, but is limited to only Rolf's thoughts.
Rolf's wife is the narrator of this short story and tells the reader of her point of view scattered throughout the story.
"I'm short, but let me warn you, my height is deceptive; I'm a bulldozer" (Allende qtd. in Norris).
"People see me as a symbol for 'The Disappeared', the torture victims. I've written so much about politics, people know I'm never afraid to speak out about oppression and injustice" (Allende qtd. in Norris).
in a collection named "The Stories of Eva Luna"
translated from Spanish
published in 1985
At the age of nineteen she married her first husband, Miguel (Isabel, Notable).
She lived and worked in Chile until the assassination of her uncle, the Chilean president (Isabel, Britannica).
After fleeing Chile, Allende wrote her first novel, The House of Spirits (Isabel, Notable).
Her Life as a Young Adult
After fleeing Chile, Allende worked as a reporter (Isabel,
). Her experiences working in the field may have sculpted her insight into the way Rolf Carlé felt about watching Azucena die from a journalist's perspective.
In the late 1980's, Isabel Allende quit her job as a school administrator in order to pursue writing (Isabel,
Allende's daughter died in 1991 as a result of a rare blood disease (Hawely).
As a result of this death, Allende started the Isabel Allende Foundation to target issues that modern women face (Isabel,
She begins a new book every year on January 8th (Hawely).
Natural Disasters: Not so fun facts
The New Madrid Earthquake: 1812
People witnessing this earthquake in Missouri say that it made the Mississippi River run backwards (Biometric Fuel).
47.5 Percent of all natural disasters in the United States have been related to tropical storms or hurricanes (Biometric Fuel).
In 1999, Hurricane Floyd caused the largest peacetime evacuation in the history of the United States. Roughly three million people fled Florida to avoid the storm (Biometric Fuel).
There are around eight hundred tornadoes in the United States every year (Biometric Fuel).
"Rolf Carlé, buoyed by a premature optimism, was convinced that everything would end well: the pump will arrive, they would drain the water, move the rubble, and Azucena would be transported by helicopter to a hospital where she would recover rapidly and where he could visit her and bring her gifts" (590).
"He concluded that he would have to have a pump to drain the water, and radioed a request for one but received in return a message that there was no available transport and it could not be sent until the next morning" (589).
"I was there when she told him that in all her thirteen years no boy had ever loved her and that it was a pity to leave this world without knowing love" (595).
"I felt how in that instant both were saved from despair, how they were freed from the clay, how they rose above the vultures and helicopters, how together they flew above the vast swamp of corruption and laments" (595).
"You are back with me, but you are not the same man" (595).
"He added that it was impossible to remove all the corpses or count the thousands who had disappeared; the entire valley would be declared holy ground, and bishops would come to celebrate a solemn mass for the souls of the victims" (594).
"He filmed the volunteers who discovered her, and the first persons who tried to reach her; his camera zoomed in on one girl, her dark face, her large desolate eyes, and the plastered-down tangle of her hair" (588).
You cannot escape the past. The past is part of you.
"But he had to come face to face with the moment of truth; he could not continues to escape his past" (594).
"And I'm afraid to sleep because of what haunts me. Such as, living with the uncertainty that'll never find the words to say which would completely explain, just how I'm breaking down" (City and Colour).
The Old Guitarist
"America was where all my mother's hopes lay. She had come here in 1949 after losing everything in China: her mother and father, her family home, her first husband, and two daughters, twin baby girls" (508; Tan).
It was once believed that the strong winds of tornadoes plucked the feathers off of chickens. It is now believed that in fear, chickens drop their feathers during tornadoes (Biometric Fuel).
Super volcanoes are the most devastating type of volcanoes. They can stay dormant for thousand of years before they erupt. Yellowstone National Park is said to be a super volcano (Biometric Fuel).
"I have more than enough dramas and melodramas
in my life to make a three ring circus
"The first sentence just popped out of my - I wouldn't say
my head - my womb" (Allende qtd. in Norris).