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Comparison Essay Between Dom Casmurro & The House Of The Spirits

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Whether we realize it or not, the actions we take and the words we speak always have some kind of an impact on our lives in the future. The decisions we make when we are younger hint at what is in store for us in the future. In The House of the Spirits and Dom Casmurro, one can see a common similarity between the two books. In both of them, the literary element of foreshadowing is used as a hint to readers of what is to come later on in the novel. Small events that take place in the novels have a major impact on the outcome of major events that take place later on in the novel. There are many things that the characters say or do that signify more important events that occur later in ...view middle of the document...

Similar to the ideas of the love affairs in Dom Casmurro, in The House of the Spirits, Esteban Trueba had many love affairs as well. Whether it was with the peasant girls, or the prostitutes, he always needed to have someone. These affairs he had when he was young and reckless foreshadowed the affairs he would have in the future with the prostitute Transito Soto, while still married to Clara. As a young man, Esteban became accustomed to a lifestyle that he could not shed later on. Esteban truly loves Clara, however after a brutal beating due to an argument, she refuses to talk to him or touch him anymore, so he needs to find someone else to satisfy him. “She had decided to forget the man she had married and act as if he had never existed.” (267) Clara knows about these secret meetings because of her psychic abilities and premonitions. Even though Esteban is cheating on is wife, his relationship with Transito and her inner connections with the government ends up saving his granddaughter Alba’s life when she is being held captive by the government. In both of the novels, the common theme of affairs is foreshadowed by small events that take place early on in the novel. Both of the affairs involve immediate loved ones such as the spouses. However the result of the affairs in the novels both has different affects. In Dom Casmurro, it has a negative affect because it causes a marriage to crumble to the ground, yet Esteban’s affair in The House of the Spirits, has more of a positive affect because it saves the life of his granddaughter, even though it certainly does not help his marriage with Clara.
Every family has tragic events that occur to them, and they must face the struggles it takes to overcome them. The life of a family and the struggles they must go through can be predicted through foreshadowing in both of the books. In Dom Casmurro, the fact that Ezequiel is born seems like a miracle to Bento and Capitu because they can not have children for a long time, yet Capitu is suddenly pregnant. Ezequiel’s attitude and looks are much similar to Escobar than Bento, which are some of the suggestions that say Ezequiel was not Bento’s son, but instead the son of Escobar. The struggle between Bento and Capitu about who the true father of Ezequiel is shows tragedy within the family because the fight separates them into two. In addition to this, Bento’s mothers first born son dies, just like Ezequiel, another first born son, dies. The birth of Ezequiel himself foreshadows the outcome of his life because several examples point out that he should not be alive in the first place. Likewise, in The House of the Spirits Rosas poisoning at the beginning of the novel foreshadows tragedies later to come in the Del Valle family. “It was the first of many acts of violence that marked the fate of the Del Valle family.” (32) After the death of Rosa, the family is never truly the same. Rosa is a part of all of them and her death leads to...

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