Analyze the character of Azucena in the story "And of Clay Are We Created."

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This story is incredibly powerful, and though in some ways the story is about Rolf more than it is about Azucena, it's her character that carries the emotion and power of the story.

One of the most impactful quotes of the story is the following:

She said it was not...

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This story is incredibly powerful, and though in some ways the story is about Rolf more than it is about Azucena, it's her character that carries the emotion and power of the story.

One of the most impactful quotes of the story is the following:

She said it was not just rubble, that she was also held by the bodies of her brothers and sisters clinging to her legs.

This shows what Azucena's role is in the story. She represents so much more than just one trapped girl. She represents all of the people who have been injured or killed by the volcano, and she represents people who are suffering and unable to receive the help they need.

Azucena is an interesting character to focus on here as well, because she is so quiet and calm throughout. She seems to know that she is just waiting to die, but she does not despair. Part of this is that she's unable to move and likely has no energy to fight for her life, but she does not cry or complain, and before she dies she says only that she wishes a boy had loved her.

Finally, Azucena's role is to give us a way to know and understand Rolf. She is the one character who is able to break through all of his barriers and to change his life and force him out of his comfort zone—force him to really see the news that he usually just reports. She represents struggle in general, and reminds Rolf of all of his difficulties and sorrows from childhood.

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Azucena, the little girl trapped by a mudslide, seems remarkably calm, given her tender years and the seemingly hopeless situation in which she finds herself. Long before her tragic death it seems that she's pretty much resigned to her fate. Amidst all the chaos and carnage, the death and destruction, and right in the middle of the glare of the international media spotlight, she appears as a still point in a turning world.

To some extent, this is a by-product of her innocence. Azucena's too young to have any developed understanding of death. For someone of such a young age, death is something that happens to other people; gaining any meaningful sense of one's own mortality is virtually impossible.

Yet it is Azucena's very innocence of her own mortality that provides her with the strength to endure her ordeal with a considerable degree of fortitude. Indeed, one could argue that she shows much greater strength than Rolf, an experienced reporter who's normally the epitome of detached professionalism, and yet who now finds himself revealing his innermost traumas to the little girl. In front of Rolf and the cameras of the international news media, Azucena shows exemplary courage and dignity as she slowly slips away from this world into the next.

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Azucena is a character whose defining characteristics are innocence and helplessness. It is no accident that Azucena in Spanish means "lily," and Azucena is a character who is planted in the ground but an object of beauty. Allende gives her a certain dignity as she faces her plight and the inability of those around her to rescue her. In addition, however, she is bestowed with a considerable maturity and an ability to connect with Rolf Carle that allows him to begin to process certain chapters in his life that he had repressed until this stage. In this the true value of Azucena's character lies, in the way that her closeness to Rolf allows the "unyielding floodgates" of his past experience to become unlocked and to allow him to express his emotion. Note how the story concludes:

I felt how in that instant both were saved from despair, how they were freed from the clay, how they rose above the vultures and helicopters, how togethery they flew above the vast swamp of corruption and laments. How, finally, they were able to accept death.

Azucena, therefore, in her innocence and vulnerability, is able to have a massive impact on Rolf Carle that allows both him and herself to transcend their realities and achieve a kind of freedom fro the oppression that surrounds them. This forces us to have an intense admiration for Azucena and for who she is as a character. In spite of being so helpless, she exhibits a kind of strength that allows her to face her situation with considerable bravery. This is clearly shown when she chooses to die, sinking beneath the mud that traps her to her death.

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