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As the title of this excellent short story suggests, the central relation we can draw between this story and real life is the awareness that we are, indeed, made of "clay" and therefore fragile, just as Rolf shows himself to be through his relationship with Azucena. Notice how invulnerable Rolf appears to be at the beginning of the story:
Nothing could stop him, and I was always amazed at his equanimity in the face of danger and suffering; it seemed as if nothing could shake his fortitude or deter his curiosity. Fear seemed never to touch him...
The relationship that Rolf forges with Azucena forces him to be aware of his own inner vulnerability, and strangely enough, by accepting this, he actually experiences a real sense of release. In the same way, psychologists would argue that we gain a similar sense of release and freedom when we are able to be open about our own intense vulnerability and fragile nature.
The title “And of Clay Are We Created” Relates to the obstacle that we encounter in life and how the make us who we are in the future. The “Clay” being the obstacle, for example in this story, the memories of the concentrations camps that Rolf had to go through is one of his obstacles. The camps mad Rolf a man that is humble and kind but also one that cannot accept his reality casing him to focuses on the reality of others.
However stronge minded and tough we might be, we still are made out of clay and at a particular point of time, life reflects this fact to us like it did in Rolf Carle life.
However stronge minded and tough we might be we still are made out of clay and at a particular point of time life reflects this fact like it did in Rolf Carle life.
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