Word Literature Paper: the House of Spirits and Like Water for Chocolate

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Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel both utilize similar themes in the books The House of Spirits and Like Water for Chocolate, respectively. Loss of innocence and the corruption of man are a couple of the most significant themes found in both books. These themes are shown in the characters of the book after violence or sex and such things like that. Because there are recurring acts of violence and sex found within both The House of Spirits and Like Water for Chocolate, there are the themes of a loss of innocence and the corruption of man, since the characters in both stories lose their innocence and/or become corrupt after experiencing or witnessing violent and/or sexual actions. Throughout these books, these themes are constantly arising and are expressed through specific characters in both of the books. In The House of Spirits, Clara, Esteban Trueba, Blanca, Alba, and other characters suffer a loss of innocence and/or become corrupted. Esteban is the first to have his innocence stripped of him after an act of violence against Rosa. The townspeople, who sent the poisoned brandy as an act of violence against Severo del Valle, became a violent act against Rosa. The violence against her caused Esteban to lose contact with his former naïve attitude. Esteban believed he had everything because of Rosa, and his innocent view on life kept it perfect to him. He believed he could strike it rich in the mines and live happily ever after with Rosa. Unfortunately, he finds himself to be incorrect and finds that life is not so giving. He completely loses touch with his family and becomes a cold, angry, and miserable person In the anger that came out of Rosa death, Esteban does not only lose his innocence, but he becomes a stripper of innocence. It begins with the rape of Pancha Garcia, in which he shows how the act of violence against Rosa totally changes him. This act of sex is his first taste of the wine of corruption, in which he eventually begins to sip regularly. He is no...
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