Character Analysis

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Having many diverse characters, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende contains many personalities that tend to impact the storyline in such ways that bring out the plot vividly. Even though most narratives tend to revolve around the main characters, in The House of the Spirits every character has a major contribution to the plot. Pedro Tercero, a character in the novel, is not one of the central characters but really has a big impact on the development of the plot. His way of being a revolutionary and being brave and persistent are significant elements that keep this novel going. Pedro Tercero can be seen as a revolutionary ever since he was introduced to us in the novel. Through his actions we can see that he believes in a world where there is more equality amongst people, a world without los patrones. One of the first indicators for this trait was when Pedro Garcia tells Pedro Tercero and Blanca the story of the hens and the fox. We can see the revolutionary inside of him at such a young age because of the difference in reactions between Blanca and Pedro. Blanca like any young and rich, child laughs at the story as if it was a joke. Pedro ,on the other hand, according to the story “did not laugh… he spent the whole evening absorbed in thought ruminating…and perhaps that was the night the boy became a man” (141) and notices the symbolism. It seemed as if he was sparked by it. Another example would be his songwriting and passing pamphlets to the people of Tres Marias in which he would spark the idea of revolution into the people. “He was told millions of times not to look Esteban in the eye but he was a born a rebel…at the age of ten he knew more than his teacher…translating his poetic skills into music” (154). From this point on the start of the rivalry between Esteban and Pedro began and Pedro repudiated Esteban. The way that this trait impacts the plot

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