The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende and the Role of Writing

In a much deeper sense, learning about the past helps in the construction of firmer familial identity. Familial relations, as bound by knowledge and love, are reinforced when its members understand their stark similarities and differences. In this regard, this essay is divided into three parts. The first part examines the unique role of writing in nourishing familial relations, as shown in the stories of the two main characters, Clara del Valle and Alba de Satigny. Through this part, the primary themes of their experiences are drawn and investigated. The second part evaluates the plot in connection to Allende’s effectiveness as a writer in delivering the aforementioned thesis. Through this part, the narrative form of the novel is to be studied in much depth. The last part crystallizes the observations gathered by infusing philosophical ideologies into the analysis of the role of writing in the piecing together of self and familial identity. The Two Main Characters: Clara and Alba The ‘House of Spirits’ is a tale about family that spans four generations, but focuses on the lives of the two women in the clan, Clara del Valle and Alba de Satigny. …
From this paper, it is clear that It is in the nature of people to ask about why certain things happen in their lives. In the words of Martin Heidegger, it is caring, or the internal longing for wisdom, that drives people to act in order find meaning in their lives. While it is true that people learn from experiences, it is the people who provide these experiences that truly mark a long-lasting effect.&nbsp.From this paper, it is clear that It is in the nature of people to ask about why certain things happen in their lives. In the words of Martin Heidegger, it is caring, or the internal longing for wisdom, that drives people to act in order find meaning in their lives. While it is true that people learn from experiences, it is the people who provide these experiences that truly mark a long-lasting effect.&nbsp. The family, in this regard, provides its greatest contribution in the discovery of one’s purpose in life. At the onset, it can be said that family members become the first contact points of the person to the external world. However, this nature becomes crucial especially when their role as a molder of personal identity is taken into consideration – family members teach the person the importance of morality and ethics in the enhancement of one’s life.&nbsp. Building on this contention, it can be said that while the lessons about morality may be similar to the majority of families, it is in the manner through which these lessons are shared that certainly mark true familial identity. Like national culture, familial identity is best expressed and relayed to the new ‘members’ through its unique habits and traditions. Ideally, these traditions must embody the values that the family stands for. However, due to inevitable conflicts and misunderstandings among the family members, these values may not be delivered as they are ideally designed, as in the case of the family of Clara and Alba who came from a very chaotic familial background.&nbsp.

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