House Of The Spirits Essay

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THotS Essay A narrator “is somebody who tells a story”, well at least that’s what the Encarta Dictionary says. When the point of view of the narrator is from more than one character it is dual narration, or two different narrators. Permitting the reader to be told the same story from two different perspectives, allows additional insight to the novel through the literary technique of foreshadowing. In addition to foreshadowing, Magical Realism takes its toll throughout this book. Being introduced to the same character in multiple circumstances furthers the reader’s familiarity with the characters. In The House of the Spirits (THotS) we are told a story from two narrative perspectives, those of Alba and Esteban Trueba. Through Esteban we encounter things through first person, experiencing his life we see firsthand and feel as he does. On the other side of the spectrum we are shown how Alba’s narrating from her grandmother’s journals, recalling events from her Grandmother Clara Trueba’s perspective consequently only allowing that we meet Alba towards the end of the book, where it then changes to Alba’s perspective. Foreshadowing is a vital tactic narrators use to explain or hint to their audience of what to expect later in the novel. By suggesting that something of significance should occur makes the reader pause and file this information away for later when it will tie into the plot. The first hint we are given takes place in the very first sentence “...Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. She was already in the habit of writing down important matters, and afterward, when she was mute, she also recorded trivialities, never suspecting that fifty years later I would use her notebooks to reclaim the past...” (Page 1 THotS) The use of foreshadowing here is blatant. The author directly states that Clara is the perspective we are seeing from however Clara is not the

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