Analysis Of The Story ' Clarisa ' By Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende’s short story “Clarisa” records the story of a woman, reverenced by the people of her community and who is kind without exception, even to those who wished her harm. “Clarisa gave everything she owned to the needy, ”(Allende 36). Her generous nature and adherence to helping others depicts Clarisa as the model of affection and compassion, who gives absolutely everything she owns and even spends “ the last cent of her dowry and inheritance” (Allende 434). For this very reason others hold her in high esteem and perceive her as saintlike. The imagery used in the story is to help exhibit the respect and admiration that the narrator has for Clarisa. An example of said admiration is when Clarisa arrives home from the parade for the Pope distraught and confused. “I combed her meringue hair high on her head, tied it with a ribbon, and then sat down to accompany her through this crisis, not knowing exactly what it was,” (Allende, 438). This gives the reader a clue about Clarisa’s age, as well as provides a brief description of Clarisa. This text also gives insight into the narrator’s feelings towards Clarisa, and how concerned she is for Clarisa’s well being. Throughout the story Allende hints at the fact that Clarissa is at an age where she has become more fragile and certain activities become too much for her body to handle. “She was exhausted when she reached the house, with the din of bells and cheering still ringing in her temples” (Allende, 438). This
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