Some characters in Isabel Allende’s books value money and power over human dignity. What happens to these characters? Why?
Define Magical Realism. Discuss examples of Magical Realism in any Allende novel.
Define irony. Using any Allende novel, discuss practical examples of this literary technique.
How does love change the characters in Allende’s fiction? What does the pursuit of love make them do? What are the benefits and drawbacks of love in Allende’s books?
What causes political unrest in Allende’s novels? Are the causes and effects of political problems in her stories similar to the causes and effects of political strife in reality?
Allende has expressed her value of the Hebrew saying, “The story is truer than true.” What does this mean? Does it have anything to do with justice, human potential, and the unseen and often unnoticed power of love?
Can we learn anything about reality from a fictional tale? How so?
What do women have to do to overcome oppression in Allende’s books?
How does the oppression of women negatively affect men in Allende’s novels? It seems that there is often a “boomerang” effect.
Most families in Allende’s books have hurtful secrets. How does burying truth and shirking responsibility damage a family’s offspring?