Each protagonist of this Isabel Allende novel has a very different motivation and life trajectory, so each would likewise offer a distinct narrative. Among the significant differences are the primary one—survival—and age, gender, occupation, and nationality. A similarity between the two protagonists is that both were participants and eye-witnesses who could speak from the scene, as opposed to the current narrator, who presents what she sees on television. While the other differences are definitely significant, one cannot ignore the fact that Azucena does not survive her ordeal; a writer would have to decide from what point of view her narrative would be produced. Rolfe’s situation is not quite the same, of course, because he lives to return home and share his ordeal, but Allende makes it clear that his involvement in the rescue attempt will change him forever.
Changing Azucena into the narrator would influence the extent to which her bravery and resilience could be emphasized. As she is a sensitive, caring person, she would be unlikely to highlight her own heroism. Instead, she would probably express gratitude to those who were trying to free her and the others. The reader might gain more information about her life and her family. The author would have to decide if she should present Azucena's entire story in a fantastic way, reflecting on her death from beyond the grave, or stop the story before she actually passes away.
Similarly, Rolfe is presented in light of his girlfriend’s admiration for his compassion as she beholds it from afar, broadcast for all the world to see. She can only imagine his thoughts and connect what she is viewing to her knowledge of him as a person. It would be illuminating to hear what actually went through his mind as this journalist moved from spectator to active participant.