.. s excerpts. The passage of time allows Clara the chance to break free from some of her protective shells of masculinity. She gains the opportunity to fend for herself and realize what it means to be self-dependant, an important aspect in the struggle for women’s independence. “She was a charitable and generous women, eager to make those around her happy – everyone except me.” (179, Ch 6) The characterizations presented her show Clara to be a very generous woman capable of infinite amounts of love and affection for others. The irony however is found in that her desire to be with her husband has not simply expired, but has never truly been in existence, from the time she stated that she had married without love.
This is a very torturous concept in Esteban’s life, as he is obsessed with Clara’s mind body and sole. The more he desires to consume her, it seems the further she is driven to seclude herself and find independence. ” . . . the coming elections were their chance to shake off the yoke under which they had always lived.” (191, Ch 6) This symbolism portrays socialism as a method of breaking free from the conservative shell under which all lower class individuals live.
They are not given the proper ability to provide any time of self enterprise but instead are subjected to a vicious cycle of debt and poor paying, manual labor intensive, jobs which turn out to be dead ends with no types of employee benefits. The social echelon denies them access to the possibilities of living in the levels of comfort accessible to only aristocrats and elitists. The communist victory, however, plans to provide that opportunity to them in the future. ” . .
. in the end, the fox always eats the hens” (192, Ch 6) This serves to reinforce Clara’s premonition that the party that always wins will continue to win and follows a symbolic riddle that was introduced by Pedro Garcia to his grandson about a fox and hens. The story is supposed to resemble the ideological battle of socialism and conservatism. “I slept badly and dreamt again of Rosa.” (203, Ch 6) Esteban’s fantasizing is often found in low points in his career or social life. They represent his true struggle for security of love in his love. The dreams are a symbol for his loneliness and desperation for compassion, which is either non existent or denied from those closest to him.
It is hard for the reader to sympathize with this character however due to his violent outbursts and rampage. From this point of view, one can justify the pain his character endures as a result of his actions. “Amanda represented the essence of everything feminine and, since she was Nicolas’s girlfriend, of everything forbidden.” (222, Ch 7) Again, representation of love being separated by external forces is shown. Although Nicolas was Amanda’s boyfriend, her true lover was immediately found to be his brother Jaime. Their relationship was however denied by the respect Jaime possessed for his brother and for their relationship.
It is also ironic that Nicolas proceeds to leave the country never to return and successfully leaving Amanda later in the book. This forces Amanda to loose twice by having been denied the relationship with either of the two men. Although, this relationship helps characterize Jaime being the more responsible and compassionate of the two brothers as he proceeds to risk his medical career for the sake of his brother and Amanda’s future well being by performing her abortion. ” . .
.as soon as the old man entered the room, the plant lowered its leaves and began to exude a whitish fluid, like tears of milk, from its stem.” (268, Ch 8) An element of personification is found in these lines, which describes that plant’s weep for peace. It is given human characteristics by sobbing and sulking at the sight of Esteban’s temper. IT also provides a symbolic link to the nature motif found within the women, who also are tortured by his temper. “Alba gave up the bay rum . .
. which allowed the green to reappear in its full leafiness.” (269, Ch 8) Leafiness is used as an adjective for Alba’s hair in conjunction with the color green to symbolize her aspects of nature. She is pure at heart and possesses some of the same organic powers of clairvoyance as her grandmother. The leafiness presents green as a symbol of the growth of vegetation and her natural propensity to care for others and become everything opposite of what her grandfather’s temper represents. “Before I had always felt like a giant next to her, but when I lay down next to her on the bed I saw that we were almost the same size.” (293, Ch 10) The imagery presented in comparing physical size of Clara and her husband transcends to another layer.
This quote is found far enough down the time line for the book to begin finding legit comparisons between the independence and self sufficiency of her husband’s male character and her own feminist one. Allende makes this comparison through the eyes of Esteban so as to show his realization of Clara’s powerful feminine character. Either it has recently grown to a significant level, has accumulated unnoticeably over the years, or was always in existence. It is here represented physically with size. “Miguel explained that the election was a joke and that whoever won, it would make no difference because you would just be changing the needle on the same old syringe, and that you cannot make a revolution at the ballot box but only with the people’s blood.” (335, Ch 11) Miguel’s statement makes a harsh symbolic reference to the fact that the political feud in this country requires blood and pain to please one group of people while another suffers.
He states that like a syringe, the political factions of the nation will still bleed the countries strength to death and it makes not difference which party wins because each will face a strong enough opposition to effectively reek a havoc of destruction that will topple the existing well being of the nation. Miguel describes this by stating that only people’s blood or sacrifice can actually change anything, not the election. “In a few hours the country had split into two irreconcilable groups . . . “(341, Ch 12) This observation comes from an external point of view that describes the attitude and tone of the country during the election crisis. It appeared as if families and friends were even separated by the political disputes and that all the side taking has caused such uproar in the political stability of the nation.
This foreshadows the great crumble of political standings in the nation and the governmental crisis to come. “Bread, circuses, and something to worship are all they need.” (382, Ch 13) Esteban Trueba makes this comment naively in response to a prospect of the ideas of socialism. He denies their viability with the notion that the people of the country are very simple living and only need the basics of life. His disrespect for other’s way of living and disconnection with the true feelings of the people of his country can characterize him as a poor leader for the electorate of his country. Although he claims to be fighting for the betterment of the nation and its stability, what can he possibly know about its condition if he fails to recognize the struggles and problems of the underclass majority of the population? “He realized that all he really cared about was losing his granddaughter, because she was his last link to life.” (399, Ch 13) The value he places on his granddaughter at this point in the story reflects that of the scenario found earlier when Ferula was left to take care of his mother on her deathbed. The reversal in character is found in that his once ambitious and powerful carefree spirit is now left at the hands of his one caretaker.
This is while his daughter, now ambitious as he was at that time, is take hostage by the rogue government which constructed itself underneath his nose, while he was supporting it, therefore, it can be seen that ironically, his political obsession with conservatism led to his own destruction of well being and power. Book Reports.