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Two Words

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Transcript of Two Words

Isabel Allende
Born in Lima, Peru.
Moved to Santiago, Chile at the age of 3
The House of Spirits
in 1982
Of Love and Shadows
fled Chile in the 1970s after military coup
Portrayal of familial and romantic relations
Magical realism blended with modern literature


Background Information about Author
Plot
Belisa Crepusculario, the main character, lives in despair and poverty
travels while selling words
discovers a newspaper
is captured by El Mulato and taken to the Colonel
writes a campaign speech for the Colonel
gives the Colonel two words that are "magical"
his campaigns are successful
become obsessive with the two words- health deteriorates
Belisa returns to the Colonel forced by El Mulato
Country Information
by Isabel Allende
Two Words
no specific place or time, mirrors Chile 1989
set in a Spanish-speaking/Latin American town, likely Chile
desert area
"moving south"
used pesos
government probably not organized yet
recession
high poverty
Dos Palabras
Maggie Fang
Alexander Hong
Michelle Hsiao
Christine Kim
Allegorical Message

Words convey a meaning greater than the literal definition, and that meaning can incite change in people’s perspectives and emotions.
Symbols
Allusions
Desert:
Atacama Desert
sometimes has phenomenons
"some years the rains became avalanches of water that bore everything away before them and others when not a drop fell from the sky and the sun swelled to fill the horizon and the world became a desert"

Election:
first democratic elections in 1989
like the Colonel
Tone/Mood
Mood
desolate feeling; wild
"...grew up in an inhospitable land"
passionate; human
"the whole world could see the voracious puma-eyes soften"
Tone
detachment
discreetly supporting feminism
"during one interminable drought, it fell to her to bury four younger brothers and sisters"
Irony
scared of the colonel
powerful position, but cannot unite people
has to use Belisa's words to succeed
Belisa is less important in society than he is
Imagery
“The land was eroded, split with deep cracks, strewn with rocks, fossils of trees and thorny bushes and skeletons of animals bleached by the sun.”
“They dragged themselves along painfully, their skin turned to lizard hide and their eyes burned by the reverberating glare.”
“The rebels swept into town like a stampeding herd, wrapped in noise, bathed in sweat, and leaving a hurricane of fear in their trail.”
“She saw dark skin and the eyes of a ferocious puma…”

Belisa Crepusculario:
independent
female that decides to pursue a career
does not become a prostitute or servant
determined
stubborn
valued the arts
Characters
El Mulato:
barbaric
forceful
belligerent
tyrannical
superficial
Characters
The Colonel
understanding
polite
illiterate
not as vicious (as El Mulato)
more civilized than El Mulato
out of the norm: "fish out of water"
Characters
Symbols
Symbols
Symbols
Symbols
Symbols
Newspaper
brings knowledge
reveals events unknown to reader
reality check
start of a new life
the discovery of writing- how processed and simple it is to make a profit from meaningless words
Desert:
poverty
setting where Belinda was raised
the roots of the character

Sea (Ocean)
rebirth
new life
obliteration
Rope
censorship
propaganda
Puma/puma eyes
false appearance that seems threatening
content over appearance
steadfast
Chile:
Republic (modern day)
originally under control of the Incas/nomadic Araucanos
1970- Isabel Allende's uncle Salvador Allende was elected president
1973- Coup against government
during this time, censorship of individuals who did not agree
1989- democracy returns with a general election
Chile has been independent since 1818- 196 years
Most of the country is religious.
61% Catholic. 16% Evangelical/Protestant 19% Atheist
economy based off of mineral export
Metafiction
Setting
Symbols
"Words convey a meaning greater than the literal definition, and that meaning can incite change in people’s perspectives and emotions."
Gold frost (advertising ploy)
superficial
empty promises
strength of words
Metafiction: fiction which refers to or takes as its subject fictional writing and its conventions
Allende's words convey a meaning greater than the literal definition and her meaning can incite change in people's perspectives and emotions
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