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Selected Crônicas by Clarice Lispector Final Paper The Taxi Ride to Life In her, Selected Crônicas, Clarice Lispector distinguishes the difference between daily existence and living life. She describes daily existence as simply passing through life—living as if one’s sole objective was to just make it to the next day. In daily existence, there is no desire to find the meaning of one’s life; there is no reason to surpass one’s own expectations; there is no purpose to change one’s life to reach happiness. Daily existence is just about getting by life. However, life is about living in each day—to live as if to accomplish something, to live to be happy, to live to discover oneself, to live to take advantage of the time one can spend on this earth. Lispector quotes Thoraeu, an American philosopher, “Do try to improve the present…We are living now ,” (55). She says, “the message is clear: do not sacrifice today for tomorrow. If you are unhappy at present, do something about it now, because we only exist from one now to the next,” (55). Surpassing daily existence is a concept that Lispector struggles with throughout the book. She has to work to remind herself to go further than daily existence to reach living life. Because actual living doesn’t come so natural to her, throughout her cronicas, Lispector makes the transition from daily existence to living many times. In many of those realizations to live life more, a taxi is the ‘device’ that transitions her into this new way of thinking about life. The reason why taxis taking her to a new place, are so significant and monumental in her life is that they are a metaphor representing her desire to go out of her way to travel to a new state of mind. In three of her cronicas —‘Bravado’, ‘Almost’, and ‘The Gratuitous Act’—Lispector uses a taxi to represent how 1
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a person makes the transition from simply passing through life to actually living life. Through different perspectives of the three cronicas, Lispector lists different ways one could live life, whether it means taking risks, being oneself, or simply just appreciating living. In ‘The Gratuitous Act,’ Lispector writes of a time in which she became weary of her daily rituals—what she describes as her daily existence. “I realized I was thirsty. A thirst for freedom had stirred inside me…I suddenly felt an urgent need to make a bid for freedom. An act which needs no justification. An act capable of showing, quite independently of me, what I was really like inside,” (192). This thirst represented Lispector’s drive for life—instead of her daily existence. In the story, she takes a taxi, which is representative of her making that transition into living her life. “Then my own thirst guided me…and hailed a taxi,” (192) and she told him to go to the Botanical
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