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The House of the Spirits Presentation
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Alyanna Corpuz Theme Statement In The House of the Spirits, a magical realistic novel by Isabel Allende, the author uses several literary elements to help develop significant details which incline the reader to explore the plot with an insightful eye. The author also reminds the reader about the cyclical features of life and the consequences of crossing gender and social boundaries. The tensions between the male and female characters create a theatrical essence surrounding the plot. by Isabel Allende The author's use of literary devices shows how women tend to limit themselves through their relationships with men; however, this obstacle does not ultimately supersede their capability to overcome a patriarchal society. Women of today:
Michelle Obama Tone & Diction Characterization Clara Alba "In his final days she did not leave him for a second, following him around the house, peering over his shoulder when he was reading in his library, lying down beside him and leaning her beautiful curly head against his shoulder when he got into bed. At first she was just a mysterious glow, but as my grandfather slowly lost the rage that had tormented him throughout his life, she appeared as she had been at her best... and thanks to her presence Esteban Trueba was able to die happy, murmuring her name: Clara, clearest, clairvoyant" (431). "That's why my Grandmother Clara wrote in her notebooks, in order to see things in their true dimension and to defy her own poor memory. And now I seek my hatred and cannot seem to find it. I feel its flame going out as I come to understand the existence of Colonel Garcia and the others like him, as I understand my grandfather... It would be very difficult for me to avenge all those who should be avenged, because my revenge would be just another part of the same inexorable rite. I have to break that terrible chain" (432). "We went together to buy birds for the cages that had been empty ever since my grandmother, sensing that she was about to die, had opened them and let the birds fly out. I put fresh flowers in the vases and platters of fruit on all the tables, as Clara had in the days of the spirits, and the air filled with their fragrance" (430). "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... I want to think that my task is life and that my mission is not to prolong hatred but simply to fill these pages" (432). "For the first time in her[Clara's] life she took charge of material things,
without any help, for she could no longer rely on her husband... She awoke from a long childhood in which she had always been protected and surrounded by attention and comforts, with no responsibilities" (164). "Alba snatched it [a champagne glass] from his [Esteban Trueba's] hand and hurled it against the wall, shattering it to bits. Blanca, who had
never had the courage to oppose her father, did not attempt to hide her smile.
'We're not going to celebrate the death of the President or anybody else!' Alba said" (371). Symbolism Isabel Allende mixes topics like feminism, freedom, and social class to represent a world that she perceives with her own unique point of view. This presentation only attempts to give some insight into what Allende’s beliefs about and how men restrain women’s success. However, there are endless possible motifs and themes to help understand the work, and that in part is what makes The House of the Spirits one of the most engaging works of literature.