Forgetting the Pas

Topics: Happiness, Love, Marriage Pages: 3 (1227 words) Published: May 21, 2013
Forgetting the Past
Everyone must go through a hard time throughout their lives, whether it is a death of a loved one, mental illnesses or struggling within themselves. Some people are lucky and are able to bury the bad memories and be happier while some still are stuck in the past and aren’t able to move on. One must know that there are many ways, in which someone can overcome their past, but the ultimate reason would be with the help of a friend or another loved one. In the novel Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, many characters have had to bury the past in order to be truly happy while some are still left dwelling.

Fermin Romero de Torres is a good example of a character that has buried the past and has been able to move on to be a happier man. From the beginning of the novel, Fermin, has been introduced as a victim of the Civil War and has been tortured on many occasions, such as being burned and beaten, by the evil inspector Javier Fumero. (Insert quote-from when Fermin explains to Daniel the torture he went through) He had many friends and even a love interest but it was after Fermin was released from prison and after the war ended, that he was put into the streets of Barcelona, where he was all alone and left for dead. He became a drunk and a beggar, with barely any clothes on his back, on many occasions Fumero would go out in the streets to find him to take Fermin in and beat him up just for pleasure. It is fair to say that Fermin has been tortured and had an unfair life until he met Daniel Sempere. Daniel and Fermin met, when Daniel was going to visit Clara Barcelo, his love interest at the time, where Fermin asked him for food. Daniel ignored him but later regretted it when Daniel came out heartbroken and full of blood, but Fermin was there to help him. A couple weeks later when Daniel and his father were looking for an addition to their bookshop, Daniel thought of Fermin right away. From then, Fermin had a place to live, new...
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