Comparison: "The House Of The Spirits" And "The Outsider"

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The two novels that I will compare in this literary essay will be "The House Of the Spirits",by Isabel Allende, and "The Outsider", by Albert Camus. In "The House Of The Spirits", there are many themes present in the novel that can be tied into the setting of the novel, for instance, the magic vs. realism theme is portrayed well with the big house on the corner. In "The Outsider", there is not as much themes in the novel that can be tied into the setting, but they are important to the working of the novel. For instance, the beach, and when the sun plays a big role in the novel.In "The House Of The Spirits", The big house on the corner is a very important settingbecause that is where the main characters live. This setting ties into and portrays the idea of magical realism in the novel. Clara is clairvoyant. So during the day, when she was at home, she invited friends over, such as the Mora sisters, and looked into the powers of the unnatural and tried to make connections with the people who have passed onto another life. The big house on the corner was built by Esteban Trueba for his wife Clara, and it was so magnificently built with materials coming from all over the world that it looked very out of place in the Chilean city. Because the house looks so out of place and magnificent, it would suggest that magical and mysterious happenings are conducted inside the house. This is true, because of the amount of magical happenings occurring within the house through Clara and her three legged table.In "The Outsider", the presence of the sun in crucial scenes is very important to the novel. When Meursault is at his mother's funeral, the sun symbolised tiredness, heaviness and oppression. This is exactly how Meursault felt in the sun. Because of this, Meursault is not able to understand well about what was happening around him during the funeral. He was so exhausted that he was unable to express any emotion about his mother dying (not that he would have if he was not so tired). The sun therefore shows the themes and ideas of existentialism that is present in the novel. Later in the novel, when Meursault was in court, he blamed the beach for killing the Arab. He blamed the sand and the sun for making him feel tired and oppressive. He said that he only moved towards the Arab to try and get to some shade so he could get out of the sun, but this provoked the Arab who drew out a knife, but then Meursault fired at the Arab with his pistol gun. He knew it was stupid to try and reach the shade, but he still did it because the sun and sand was so forceful upon him at the time. He "wasn't thinking of anything because the sun was beating down on his bare head". This shows that the sun forced him to become like this, therefore provoking him to take the actions that he did.In "The House of the Spirits", Tres Marias is an important setting that portrayed some themes and ideas in the novel. Tres Marias shows the idea of rich vs. poor with the peasants that work on the...

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