The House of Spirits Essay examples

1062 Words Jul 24th, 2010 5 Pages
Life in Affection

Much of The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende revolves around the life of one of its main characters Esteban Trueba. Esteban Trueba is an aggressive, violent character whose only goals throughout the novel are to achieve success and power. The reader sees his brutal nature through the way he deals with people around him, whom in his eyes are all significantly inferior. However, one minor character in The House of the Spirits seems to change Trueba’s aggressive nature. When Esteban first meets Transito Soto, she is a prostitute in a brother nearby to his farm in Tres Marias. However, she soon proves much more worthy. What may seem like an insignificant meeting at first turns out to affect his life over and
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During this encounter, the reader sees even more significance to Transito’s words. Transito gives a long speech about forming a cooperative in the brothel in order to overthrow the madam. The irony here is extremely prevalent, in that Esteban himself is like a madam – he is the patron who overlooks hundreds of tenants, and if they formed a cooperative, they too could overthrow him. The language is very specific in this section of the novel. Transito even states, “What do we need a patron for?” (Allende, 118) She specifically always refers to Esteban as “patron”. This line again serves to foreshadow, but this time it foreshadows Esteban’s future demise. In addition, Transito also offers to reimburse Esteban for the 50 pesos he lent her years before. He, however, only requests that she owe him a favor, another line that foreshadows future encounters. Lastly, the most important line that proves her not only appearance but important in the future, is when Esteban says, “I wouldn’t have mentioned this episode if Transito Soto hadn’t played such an important role in my life a long time later…” (Allende, 119) Their last encounter is most certainly the most significant. All of the foreshadowing, meetings and exchange of words and favors have led up to this one, last reunion which would change Esteban’s life permanently. Transito has always been a character who has brought bits of

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