Isabel Allende/If You Touched My Heart
A 3 page essay that analyzes Allende's poignant short story of self-centered evil and retribution, "If You Touched My Heart." The writer argues that this is a fable that offers a complex morality tale, which works on many levels of understanding. It concerns Amadeo Peralta, an amoral man who treats a young girl, Hortensia, in an abominable fashion that ignores her humanity. An examination of the symbolism, imagery and themes of this complex narrative demonstrates how Allende conceives of evil as something apart from consciousness. It does not matter that Hortensia does not conceive of her fate as evil. It nevertheless comes back in a full karmic circle to ensnare Peralta in precisely the same circumstances that Hortensia suffered. No additional sources cited.
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