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From an early age most people are taught what to do and what not do Our upbringings also involve the way our society around us interacts We follow the common saying Monkey see monkey do In If You Touched my Heart Isabel Allende uses the characters personal backgrounds and upbringings also adding the society they live in to justify the way they act First Allende gives the readers a taste of the lifestyle of the main character Amadeo For instance she writes Amadeo as growing up in the midst of his fathers gang and like all men in the family growing up to be a ruffian Amadeo was taught very early on in life that a man only needed balls and quick wits In addition Amadeos use for women was only to seduce and abandon them To Amadeo using women just for copulation and leaving them didnt affect him so it was easy for him to use Hortensia Also Allende describes Hortensias upbringings At the tender age of fifteen Horetensia lived in a village in Agua Santa While she was working on a graveling a pathway and singing a song to entertain her though her work Amadeo met her He was so captivated by her and her music he had to have her Since Hortensia was so young the na she fell for Amadeos recitation of seduction all of which Amadeo could have omitted because the girl was simple she did not understand the meaning of his words After their brief encounter he left her village not even knowing the girls name She was the one who came running to look for him because he was such an important part of her life now Since Amadeo knew she was simple minded and she was in love with him he could do as he pleased with her Overall Amadeo knew he was taking advantage of a child who was enchanted with him Allende tries to show
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