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Unformatted text preview: 17.55, Introduction to Latin American Studies, Fall 2006 Prof. Chappell Lawson Session 10: Class Discussion of House of the Spirits Introduction and background on the novel Isabel Allende is the second cousin of Chilean president Salvador Allende Clearly sympathetic to the Left, but also very balanced in her portrayal of different characters She really had one good novel in her Theres one recent novel where she tries to write from POV of a Latino man in U.S.; it was a total failure Some questions for class discussion: Did you like this book? What did you like and dislike? Who is the protagonist of this novel? Are there any other contenders? Do the men dominate this novel? The world in which the story is set? If not, why not? On a moral level, what do you think of Esteban Trueba? Is he a hero, an anti-hero, or neither? To which other literary characters (or relatives) might you compare him? Was he afflicted with a single fatal flaw that otherwise undoes him (like Thomas Hardys Michael Henchard in The Mayor of Casterbridge .) Is he capable or learning?...
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