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House Of The Spirits Essay

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Isabel Allende in House of the Spirits portrayed many seemingly minor characters that ended up having a greater role than expected. One of the unexpected characters was Alba. Despite the fact that Alba was not born until chapter nine, she played a significant role in the plot of the story and character dynamics of the Trueba family and other strong men and women. This then lead to the fact that Allende built up powerful and outspoken personalities to ultimately create one strong character, Alba, who finished the novel with a shocking and hopeful ending.
Alba was brought into the world as a beautiful baby, with good astrological fortune. In her first hours, she already had traits that ...view middle of the document...

Alba was introduced to many different people who believed in many different things living on “the big house on the corner,” two of them being Nicholas and Jaime. So as eccentric as Alba’s living conditions already were, things get even more unusual when she began to undergo Nicholas’s weekly teachings of pain induration. “Her uncle helped her think of all these things without crying, and taught her to relax and not resist the pain so that it would pass through her without stopping” (Page 274). Little Alba, who worked hard for her uncle’s appreciation participated and cooperated through all his activities. “If she managed to get through … all the tests Nicholas imposed, she won a prize” (Page 274). While held captive by Esteban Garcia and the Security Police this ability helped her withstand the suffering. Alba “inherited” Nicholas’s quality of endurance and self-dignity that helped her survive “The Terror”. Jaime provided Alba with a vast knowledge of medicine and the human anatomy through his revealing books. This knowledge of the human body surprised Esteban Garcia when “[he] took her hand and placed it on his stiffened sex [and she replied] [y]our penis” (Page 286). Jaime also taught Alba to do as she pleased, and not what pleased others. This then helped her remain loyal to what she thought was right during all that she overcame.
A strong-minded character that made a significant appearance in the novel was Amanda. Amanda was introduced as Nicholas’s girlfriend, who believed in the freedom of pleasure (Page 216 and 222). “They encouraged his [Nicholas] love for her” (Page 220). Jaime fell in love with her at first sight. “… [H]e built a labyrinth of dreams where the two of them were a prince and princess hopelessly in love” (Page 238). Therefore, Amanda brought Jaime and Nicholas together indirectly after many years of foreign pursuits. She was the thing that tied them together. Despite Nicholas and Jaime’s differences, they both loved Amanda. Moreover, just as Amanda brought the two brothers together, Alba united them as well. “Her two uncles were very close to her” (Page 270). Nicholas and Jaime’s love for Amanda and Alba brought them together. Another connection Alba and Amanda shared is that they both truly loved Miguel. This led them to be willing to give up their lives, rather than betray him to the Security Police or Esteban Garcia. But unfortunately for Amanda, “[s]he died without betraying her brother, fulfilling a promise she had made him many years before…” (Page 425). Therefore, although Amanda and Alba were not in direct contact with each other, Amanda still contributed in ways that made Alba stronger and more free-minded.
For the little amount of influence Blanca had on Alba, she did however give her the ability to remain true to her feelings. The events that occurred with Blanca and Pedro Tecero repeated themselves with Alba and Miguel. “…he [Pedro Tecero] was fifteen years old. Thus the summer passed, and … recall those...

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