Sex As The Driving Theme In The House Of Spirits
Sex as the Driving Theme in The House of Spirits
The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende is a complex novel. It is a family saga where the barriers between romance and tragedy are often blurred. The House of Spirits utilizes themes ranging from class struggles and politics to genealogy and fate. It embodies the motifs of women?s rights, the importance of writing and memory, and above all else: the power of consequence. The action of the novel is cyclic and by its conclusion, it comes full-circle. Although never explicitly revealed, Allende uses sex as the driving force in the novel. Sex serves as the primary means, the catalyst that carries the characters through the winding paths of their lives and ultimately determines their destinies.
The idea of sex as a shaping force is seminal in the novel and instrumental in molding the lives of the characters. The first character that is impinged on is Clara who bears witness to an action that affects the course of her childhood for nine years. Silently, on the night after Rosa?s death, Clara peered into the kitchen where Dr. Cuevas and a man she had never seen before prepared
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