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The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende, incorporates magical elements in a familiar atmosphere in order to explain ones relationship with the world.

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Individuals rely on fictional tales in order to access a deeper understanding of reality. However, since reality is too complex to explain in pragmatic terms, authors are sometimes forced to turn to other means of explanation. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende, incorporates magical elements in a familiar atmosphere in order to explain one?s relationship with the world. Overall, through Clara?s magical abilities which show her inexorable love for her family, Allende demonstrates how a woman?s relationship with her loved ones changes the course of their lives. For example, Clara?s spiritual abilities allow her loved ones to preserve their respect particularly as death takes the best of them. While Clara and Ferula search for Nivea?s decapitated head, ?guided by her instincts for seeing what [is] invisible? Clara says to the driver, ??Go straight, I?ll tell you the route? (Allende 122). ...read more.

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Also, after Alba loses her courage to continue living in prison, she invokes her grandmother?s spirit a number of times to help her die. However, Clara ?[appears] with the novel idea that the point was not to die, since death came anyway, but to survive, which would be a miracle? (414). Undoubtedly, as an individual decides that it?s better to die than to live, they are at one of or the weakest point in their life. Clara?s spirit appears for Alba specifically, in order to assist her in recovering from her demise, and guiding her to live with determination. All in all, the magical abilities attributed to Clara allow her loved ones to overcome the seduction and unexpectedness of death. Furthermore, Clara?s magical abilities consolidate the bond between Clara and Esteban, and assist Esteban in becoming a better man. ...read more.

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Moreover, Esteban realizes that as he gains patience, he connects with his dead wife. In his final days, Esteban recalls ?how she did not leave him for a second? and wonders whether ?he was dreaming that it was his wife who held his hand and kissed his forehead? (431). Allende?s use of imagery evokes the reader?s senses and enhances the couple?s never-ending bond. Even if just immediately prior to Esteban?s death, Clara is able to change Esteban into a patient individual who cherishes the love of his dead wife. Essentially, through Clara?s spirit, Esteban?s character makes a massive transformation. Overall, the love of a woman can change the course of her loved-one?s lives. This concept is demonstrated vividly in The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende, where magical aspects are incorporated to explain the inexplicable. ...read more.

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