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    In the book Anthem by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 is a young man who struggles to find ways to show his true self because he lives in a society based on conformity. Ayn Rand uses the symbols of the light bulb, the Uncharted Forest, and his new name to demonstrate the conflict of individuality versus conformity in order to demonstrate the importance of individuality and self-discovery. Thus, through the use of these symbols, Ayn Rand is able to integrate the theme of individuality versus conformity throughout the entire novella. Ayn Rand uses the symbol of the light bulb to portray the significance of individuality in a conformed society with the conflict between the two opposing societies. Equality 7-2521 has his own ideas and endeavors that he wishes to fulfill but always resorts back to the morality and conformity of his society. In his current society, no one can have their own ideas. No one can individually function as one. Everyone has to function collectively as a whole. Equality 7-2521 decides to bring his invention of the light bulb in front of the Council of Scholars because he thinks it can benefit the life of his fellow brothers, he says, “We, Equality 7-2521, have discovered a new power of nature. And we have discovered it alone, and we are alone to know it” (Rand 52). This demonstrates that Equality 7-2521 has learned something alone and he is the only person who knows how to build this invention. That goes against all aspects of his civilization and the Council…

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    Isabel Allende, in her memoir My Invented Country, connotes her experience as an Immigrant around the world before settling in America with feelings of misery and emptiness. She recalls her experience escaping her homeland and traveling as the step-daughter of a diplomat as incredibly lonely without a defined sense of direction. Allende experiences reveries of Chile that nip at her heels and cause her to crave home. She rejects the racism of the society and experiences difficulty in assimilating…

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    “Life is very mysterious and there are many things we don’t know. And there are elements of magic realism in every culture, everywhere. It’s just accepting that we don’t know everything and everything is possible” by Isabel Allende. Relevantly, magic realism was practiced in Latin America, it goes beyond reality to express impossible ideas. During the mid-1900s, an Argentinian author, Jorge Luis Borges, wrote the short story “The Circular Ruins”, this story illustrates the dreams of light and…

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    Furthermore, this particularly highlights that victory is not always instantaneous which may be what some people believe. However, this argument can be countered by the narrative "And of Clay are we Created", by Isabel Allende. This can be stressed out when Rolf Carle tries to save Azucena "She did not seem desperate as if an ancestral resignation allowed her to accept her fate. The reporter, on the other hand, was determined to snatch her from death" (qtd.in Allende 3). This quote proves Rolf…

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    The theme “Unexpected Love”, love that is unanticipated by those in it, it catches them at the most of abrupt times of their life. This type of love is represented in “Our Secret”, and “ The Judge’s Wife” , two short stories written by the same author, Isabel Allende. The stories greatly differ from each other, but also have strong similarities. To begin with, in the story “The Judge’s Wife”, it talks about an individual, Nicolas Vidal, a rebel of his time, whom everyone stayed away from…

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    Isabel Allende’s short story, “The Judge’s Wife,” follows the chaotic affairs of Nicolas Vidal. Before his conception, Vidal’s mother, Juana the Forlorn, undergoes multiple abortion attempts that are barbaric in nature. Clinging onto life, Vidal is later born into a sinister existence that shapes his corruptive behavior. With his father absent and his mother neglecting his rearing, Vidal develops a lack of purpose. In addition, the deformity that causes him to have four nipples further alienates…

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    The short story, “Letters of Betrayed Love” by Isabel Allende impresses the theme that women can become empowered by becoming independent of oppressive men. Analía is obstinate by nature, and from a young age, she holds her uncle, Eugenio, in great contempt. When Eugenio attempts to lay her life plan before her, out of pure contrariness, Analía “informed her uncle that she was not inclined to follow it” (286). Analía lives in the company of only female adults for a very long time, and likely…

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    Symbolism in the works of literature refers to the use of objects, people, animals, and situations that have other meaning than the literal one used in the story. It creates a certain emotion or mood in the story making the reader understand it better. Symbolism is widely applied in the story Everyday Use by Alice Walker. This paper will explore symbolism in the story Everyday Use which includes the house, quilt, yard and characteristics of some characters. One of the prominent symbols in the…

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    He was Powerful and Above All, or So He Thought. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, introduce us with characters too fantastic, or too realistic and bring us to the world of magical realism. Throughout the story a reader encounters many of these characters and is wrapped in the story which enables them to see the development of major round characters, such as Esteban Trueba. He is a character that with a few chapters into the book is seen as the evil protagonist. Esteban develops…

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    The lives of the Trueba family members are tumultuous ones. The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende stretches through over seventy years of time in Chile, providing the political and socio-economic backdrop to the continually fluctuating perspectives of the characters. The first half of the novel sets-up the characters and provide juxtaposition to the second half. Beginning in roughly 1900-1910, the stagnation of life, especially for the wealthy is evident. The dominant political party…

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