The Judges Wife

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Steve Watson
Professor Ridout
English 1102
20 March 2012
Society’s monster
In “The Judge’s Wife” the author, Isabel Allende, creates a piece readers can understand to the point of empathy. Because her short story examines human behavior in respect to passions, justice, and emotion (love) in a manner that one can become fully immersed in the plot. The author makes use of imagery to embellish not only upon her environment, but also her characters. Allende presents the ideas of corruption, innocence, and strictness simply through words that capture the descriptions of her characters. The strait laced judge being “…dressed formally in black … and his boots always shone with bees wax.” The author uses a variety of techniques to make full use of the limited space within her short story by using strong imagery, characterization, and theme. The author uses images of deformity show the corruption of her main character, Nicholas Vidal; by stating “His face was scarred from knife fights before he reached his teens.” Along with being born with four nipples and his “doleful expression” the reader gains a visual representation of Vidal’s tragic formation. Using such imagery the author allows the readers to form a solid conception of the harsh life of her character. Beyond merely presenting imagery to enhance the characters, Allende also supplies background information in order to enhance the readers understanding of how the main character arrived at his current state. The author focuses on the main character’s fatherless and loveless conception in order to accentuate how his development occurred. He feels ultimately rejected by a society that attempts to destroy him. Allende uses this particular method of rejection to temper the soul of Vidal to the hardness of iron. Further extending upon the casting of Nicholas as a monster, a clear out casting from society also aids in his murderous temperament. This also shows how Nicholas is assumed early on in his life by...
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