Essay on The Hour of the Star

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The Hour of the Star

As Clarice Lispector was writing what would become her last literary creation, The Hour of the Star, little did she know that while her body was plagued with the devastations of cancer, her mental struggle for peace and grace in death would inspire her most renowned novel. Perhaps it is because of those circumstances, she created a novel with intuitive reflections on both life and death, as seen through the life of the main character, Macabea. The story is narrated by Rodrigo S.M., and although Rodrigo attempts to maintain a neutral stance, he is often conflicted by his own perceptions and feelings. At the book’s commencement Rodrigo spends quite some time explaining that while the story is mainly about a woman,
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However if we look at it in the figurative sense we begin to perceive the deeper meaning. Prior to this statement the narrator talks about how he cannot use big succulent terms, lest the reader become confused and not be able to understand what is being said. Without that understanding the reader would become perplexed and the essence of the novel would be lost. So stating it in this particular way, by symbolizing simple words as bread and more complex words as the gold, the narrator is explaining figuratively how the author plans to carry out the novel. Thus, by keeping things simple the author has a better chance of the reader grasping her intent and following the story line, causing the symbolic starvation to be avoided. This use of language “figuratively” keeps the reader on his/her toes.
In the story culture plays a key role in shaping the lives of all the characters. The culture of the novel seems similar to present day, western world culture where women use there looks and sensual movements to attract and be adored by men. On the flip side the men show off there masculinity and use sweet words in an attempt to charm woman. The characters Olimpico and Gloria, Macabea’s co-worker, fit this description as a couple, causing it be ever more apparent that Macabea falls short of society‘s definition of femininity. Internally she wants Olimpico to like her, she wants to

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