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The question of whether humanity still exists or has faded as a result of mankinds narcissism as explored in the novels The House of the Spirits' by Isabel Allende and Like Water for Chocolate 'by Laura Esquivel.

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World Literature Assignment 1 ?The question of whether ?humanity? still exists or has faded as a result of mankind?s narcissism? as explored in the novels ?The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende? and ?Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel?. The word ?humanity? is unique in its capacity to be understood and defined by each person in his or her own way. A general definition is ?the quality of being humane; the kind feelings, dispositions, and sympathies of man; especially, a disposition to relieve persons or animals in distress, and to treat all creature with kindness and tenderness.?[1] The authors Laura Esquivel and Isabel Allende have weaved into their works captivating examples of human behaviour in the face of challenging circumstances. The books center on the tumultuous journey of strong and passionate men and women, in their fight for love, happiness, dreams and ideals. The protagonists, mainly women, create prominent ripples in the sagas, they bring with them a sense mystery and intrigue. In the engaging novel ?The House of the Spirits? by Isabelle Allende, instances of human compassion are plenty. Beginning with the youngest of the Del Valle family Clara the clairvoyant, who on the surface appeared to be an innocent and demure girl, but inside was a determined, supernatural soul. ...read more.

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He acted as Tita?s, the protagonist?s helping hand during her breakdown which ironically was a result of dealing with her overbearing and stone hearted mother, Mama Elena. He gave hope, life, inspiration and wisdom to the hurting Tita. Full of sympathy, love and warmth he showed her a life where misery and pain were not lurking at every corner, though in the end he did not receive the same romantic attention and admiration he never lost his ability to appreciate and heal anyone. Tita was never shown love but she definitely did impart it, as can be seen through her love and affection towards her nephew, the magnanimous Dr. John, his son and her sister Gertrudis. She was suppressed and abused by her mother Mama Elena, the narrator even described the widowed matriarch of the De La Garza family, as ?the castrating mother who had repressed Tita her entire life?[6] After all this, Tita somehow still found it within her to be by her mother?s side through the days of her deathly illness. The ranch cook, Nacha played the role of Tita?s mother during her love deprived years. She nurtured, taught and guided her in a way her mother never attempted or cared to, she even passed on the secrets of cooking and was the source of the many recipes which entwined the whole story and created mythical events. ...read more.

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The question of ?humanity? and its existence have been brought up indirectly by both authors, but without concrete evidence of its full demise or complete presence, though there is a mixture of the two. Self-absorption and importance have shadowed love for the human race for a number of people, but there are always glimpses of benevolence. With skill and precision the subject was presented and delivered by the authors, keeping us as the true and ultimate judge of our thoughts and perception on ?humanity?. In the darkest, vainest moment we think, ?The tragedy, the true catastrophe, is that humanity continues.- Louis Wolfson?[9] In the brightest, most inspiring moment we think, ?You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty- Mahatma Gandhi?[10] Evil and good coexists in any society. We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others (mahatma Gandhi). Humanity can never fade. It is the guiding light that is eternal, and is there in our hearts to enlighten this mortal world. Page of ________________ [1] http://ardictionary.com/Humanity/5052 [2] [3] Pg. 13 [4] [5] Pg182 [6] Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate,(Doubleday,1992) pg. 138 [7] Pg 469 [8] Pg 47 [9] http://www.finestquotes.com/select_quote-category-Humanity-page-0.htm [10] http://www.finestquotes.com/select_quote-category-Humanity-page-0.htm ...read more.

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