And of Clay Are We Created by Isabel Allende

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In "And of Clay Are We Created," describe Rolf Carle as a reporter?  

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Rolf Carlé is a dedicated reporter who is one of the first to reach the tragic scene of Azucena, who was stuck in the mud and debris after a sudden natural disaster. Rolf Carlé is a professional reporter who takes his job very seriously throughout the story. He risks his own well-being by walking through the dangerous environment to report on Azucena's condition. Despite the intense situation, Rolf remains calm during the bedlam and is focused on his job as a reporter. Rolf then displays his courage and sympathy as he attempts to save Azucena. Rolf desperately makes several attempts to free the child but cannot. However, he is determined to save Azucena's life and makes several attempts to retrieve an electric pump to remove the water and sludge. Rolf Carlé ends up staying with Azucena for three days and two nights. His dedication to not only being a professional reporter but also an uplifting person is evident. Rolf encourages the child and eases her mind by telling her stories. Rolf even begins to remember traumatic moments from his childhood while he is reporting on the tragic event. Unfortunately, they are not able to rescue Azucena, which leaves Rolf with a hollow feeling inside.

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Rolfe is characterized as a great reporter who " was on the story of Azucena from the beginning." He does everything he can to cover the story. However, his profession seems to affect his emotional life because he uses his camera to help him keep his feelings at a distance. He observes; he doesn't participate which protects him from having strong, emotional feelings but also puts barriers between himself and other people. That's why his response to Azucena and her fate is so ironic.

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Rolf Carle grew up facing immense torture at the hands of his father, this events left behind wounds there were not let to be healed by Rolf. He used these wounds to shield himself against pure emotions which could touch normal human beings. He even used this to his advantage in his profession of jounalism by holding himself back by not participating in the various scenes of catastrophes, but he had to finally give into his wounds to heal and make himself  a better person who could take to emotions in the right sense. this transformation was brought into him by Azucena (Lily).