Wieland Analysis Paper
The moment I have chosen comes at the beginning of Chapter 11 and results in a series of events and deliberation, capturing the reactions and emotions towards Carwin’s reasons for being around. In the chapters preceding this one, Carwin arrived and was introduced as a companion of Pleyel’s whom he had met at the theatre of old Saguntum while he was travelling through Spain. In Clara’s words of her impression of Carwin, “He uttered no sentiment calculated to produce a disadvantageous impression: on the contrary, his observations denoted a mind alive to every generous and heroic feeling.”(81). From the first time meeting Carwin, Clara noticed how good with his words he was and how well mannered he appeared. Although with a number of good qualities there seemed to be a sense of darkness about him as if he was keeping something to himself that he did not want exposed. This notion left confusion amongst the family, “Each day introduced us to a more intimate acquaintance with his sentiments, but left us wholly in the dark, concerning that about which we were most inquisitive.”(82). An event that would tarnish Carwin’s reputation for Clara is when he comes out of the closet asking her questions about previous actions basically letting her know he was eavesdropping. At this point Clara is freaked out and more anxious for her safety as he continues to explain to her that she should not fear him, “What is it you fear? Have I not told you, you are safe? Has not one in whom you more reasonably place trust assured you of it? Even if I execute my purpose, what injury is done? Your prejudices will it by that name, but it merits it not.(103). Because Carwin can see this is not settling to Clara he leaves, only to lead to the moment between Clara and Pleyel. The question remains though, what was his purpose and would Carwin come back to execute? The moment, following extensive meditation by Clara on whether Carwin had returned to execute his...
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