Comparing Greed Allende And Garcia Marquez

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Comparative Essay The House of the Spirits No One Writes To the Colonel The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende and No One Writes To the Colonel by Garcia Marquez are stories of many similarities. One of the most prominent likenesses found in these pieces of literature is the theme of greed and gluttony. Each story has character that represents the burning desire for money, power and self-indulgence. In The House of the Spirits these traits are shown in Esteban Trueba, while in No One Writes To the Colonel they are shown in Sabas. Through out the respective stories, the greed and gluttony expressed by these characters is the cause of their wealth and power, but is also responsible for their inner-turmoil and negative perception by the society in which they live. From a distance it appears that Trueba and Sabas are within reach of all their goals, while a closer look reveals that the personal relationships they most desire are hindered by the very ambition that lifted them to their high places in society. In The House of the Spirits, Esteban Trueba was born into a family of poverty. With his family's money having been dwindled away by his father, Trueba was left almost penniless, loathing over the wealth he should have had. As a young man Trueba decides to take the money he has made for his mother, and use it to by an expensive drink from a little café. In the book, Allende condemns Trueba for his greed when his desired beverage is spilled before the cup even touched his lips. Allende does well to convince the reader of the bad nature of greed while still allowing them to feel sympathy towards Trueba. On the one hand, one can't help but feel sorry towards the poor young man wishing only to fulfill a dream. But, as his sister tells him when he arrives home, clothes soaked in Viennese coffee, "That's what you get for spending mom's medicine money on your private little whims, God punished you."(43) The true greed Trueba displayed is described by his sister, leaving the reader with a conflicting attitude towards Trueba's attempt at self-indulgence. Trueba also expresses covetousness in his relationships with Rosa and Clara. In the beginning of the novel, Trueba tries to possess Rosa. He desires her completely and wants total control over her. After devoting his life to a love that doesn't even reflect his emotions, Trueba finds Rosa dead; again he is punished for his greed. Trueba's true grief is shown when he sees Rosa dead in her coffin, as beautiful as ever. The following passage is from the graveyard where Rosa is being buried.'Damn her! She slipped through my hands!' they say I shouted [Trueba], falling to my knees beside her, scandalizing all the relatives, for no one could comprehend my frustration at having spent two years scratching at the earth to make my fortune with no other goal than that of one day leading this girl to the altar, and death had stolen her away from me. (34) What Allende tries to do with...

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