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House of the Spirits was a powerful novel set in a Hispanic world written by Isabel Allende The overall story is about three generations of extraordinary women their life story as well as the story of their country There is one character though whos presence is the backbone of the entire novel The name of the man is Esteban Trueba His life driven force is that of lust But his lust is not only for pleasure but instead he lusts for money and power also Esteban falls in love with Rosa at first sight I have never though of love until I met RosaI remember the exact moment when Rosa the Beautiful entered my life like a distracted angel who stold my soul as she went by Allende 22 Rosas beauty entraced everyone After he gathered enough courage to greet Rosa and her family he asked for her hand in marriage He began working tirelessly for two years in a dangerous mine He had hoped to make enough money so that Rosa and he could live a proper life for a woman of her stature But just as Esteban is ready to get married to Rosa she falls ill from an assassination meant for her father The poison can not be stopped and she dies the entire town mourns her death After Esteban hears of this he feels he has nothing left to live for He becomes patron of the Three Marias He raped all the young girls of the village Esteban did not remove his clothes He attacked her savagely thrusting himself into her without preamble with unnecessary brutality Allende 57 The act that he committed showed that he was truly the patron and the owner of the people in the Three Marias He did rape for pleasure but he also did it to prove his power because power was something he could not live without Once he is patron for a while he
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