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And of Clay Are We Created

And Of Clay Are We Created Theme

The main themes in "And of Clay Are We Created"are the fragility of life, the fearful power of nature, and the determination of the human spirit. In the story, the devastation caused by the...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017 1:11 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2017 4:19 pm UTC

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In "And of Clay Are We Created," what is the relationship between Rolf Carlé and the narrator?

The narrator in this story is Rolf Carlé's lover. She is miles away while Rolf is attempting to calm and comfort the young woman who has become stuck in a mudpit in the aftermath of an earthquake....

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020 2:02 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "And Of Clay Are We Created"? What was the main point of the story?

Like most stories, this story seems to have many different and varying themes. Clearly one of the key topics of the story concerns the relationship between Azucena and Rolf Carle, and the way in...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2010 3:58 am UTC

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In "And of Clay Are We Created," why does Rolf Carlé get so involved in helping the girl?

Part of the anthology The Stories of Eva Luna, "And of Clay Are We Created" is a short story by Isabel Allende about a reporter who tries to save a victim of a volcanic eruption. Rolf Carlé reports...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 7:09 am UTC

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What do you think the author's purpose is in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

Isabel Allende herself wrote a lot about the true historical experience that inspired this amazing story. Above all, what inspired Allende to write this tale was the figure of Omaira Sanchez, who...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011 7:58 pm UTC

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What are some symbols in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

Two symbols that appear at various points are the tire and television. Rolf becomes very involved with Azucena’s survival and hopeful rescue. He tries various tactics to release her from the mud,...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2018 7:14 am UTC

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How would you describe the relationship between Rolf and Azucena? How do you think Rolf's experience with Azucena...

This is an excellent question that arrives at the heart of this tale that stresses the inherent fragility of mankind. Examining the relationship between Rolf and Azucena reveals that Rolf...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010 9:34 am UTC

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What are some strong examples of imagery in "And of Clay We Are Created"?

Because of the tragedy that surrounds Azucena, much of the imagery seeks to help readers visualize this young girl and therefore experience the depth of loss in Rolf Carlé experiences. The initial...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 12:35 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2018 8:55 pm UTC

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What are the changes in Rolf's personality towards the end of the story "And Of Clay Are We Created"?  

The short story "And of Clay Are We Created" by Isabel Allende takes place during a horrific disaster. A volcano erupts, and its heat melts snow on the side of the mountain, releasing tons of...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 3:52 pm UTC

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In what way is Carle’s interaction with Azucena changing him?

In the beginning, Carle personally covers all things that happen to Acuzena. He films the people who find her and the first people who try to rescue her. Eventually, he puts aside his gear to join...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2018 7:55 pm UTC

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What do Rolf and Azucena give to each other in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

Chilean writer Isabel Allende wrote the short story "And of Clay Are We Created" based on the Armero tragedy in Colombia, which was a volcanic eruption in 1985. Omayra Sanchez was a real...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 2:37 pm UTC

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How does the narrator describe Rolf Carlé in lines 1-11? Make an inference about his character based on this and the...

Isabel Allende describes scenes of devastation in her short story “And of Clay We are Created.” Despite warnings of an impending volcanic eruption, people in small mountain villages in Brazil...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 7:08 pm UTC

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What do you think the title of the story means?

One way to interpret the title of the story is in light of the Biblical account of the creation of Adam: And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2017 10:36 am UTC

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What do we learn about Rolf's past?  

In the short story “And of Clay We Are Created” by Isabel Allende the reader experiences foreshadowing of Rolf Carlé’s past at the end of the first paragraph. And every time we saw her on the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 7:26 pm UTC

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What are the changes in Rolf's personality toward the end of "And of Clay Are We Created"?

In the beginning, Rolf approaches the story as he would any other. When he arrives on the scene by way of helicopter, he begins to deliver the story in his typical calm demeanor. The narrator...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019 12:24 pm UTC

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In "And of Clay Are We Created", what is the relationship between Rolf and Azucena? What do they give to each other?...

In Allende's short story "And of Clay Are We Created," Rolf Carlé is portrayed as a dedicated reporter who is one of the first to arrive on the scene following the earthquake. Rolf Carlé discovers...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 4:25 pm UTC

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Why did Rolfe Carle feel trapped as a child in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

As Rolf is comforting Azucena, he begins to remember his life when he was a child. He remembers images of his father’s boots and legs, and his father removing his belt and “whipping it in the air...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 6:03 pm UTC

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Azucena is willing to accept her fate, but Rolf is not. Why does Rolf work so hard to keep Azucena alive?  

There are several reasons why Rolf Carle tries so desperately to keep Azucena alive. First of all, Rolf had a sister who died from abuse. Katharina was disabled, and Rolf would hide her to avoid...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 6:53 pm UTC

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Find instances of bitter irony in the story. What is the author sarcastic about?

In this short story, the narrator watches her lover and television reporter, Rolf Carlé, cover the tragic situation following a devastating earthquake in Colombia, where a young girl named Azucena...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 6:28 pm UTC

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What disaster happened in the town in And of Clay Are We Created?  

Isabel Allende's short story "And of Clay Are We Created" is based on a real natural disaster that took place in 1985 when Columbia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted, which destroyed thirteen...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2018 12:27 pm UTC

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What prevents Azucena from being rescued?

After the volcano eruption buries the village in which Azucena lives, rescuers find her mired in mud with only her head sticking out. She is stuck in a hole that is also filled with water making it...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 5:25 pm UTC

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Circle adjectives the narrator uses that indicate her feelings about the president and his actions.  

There are several descriptions of the President that represent Allende’s disdain for the President’s lack of action to help his people. First of all, he is physically described as “visiting” the...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 6:29 pm UTC

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How has the author created mood in the story "And of Clay Are We Created" by focusing on setting, conflict, and...

Mood in literature, the emotional setting of a narrative, is created through the use of several elements: setting, conflict, attitude of the narrator, portrayal of characters, authorial voice....

Latest answer posted September 19, 2014 6:19 pm UTC

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"And of Clay Are We Created" deals with the thematic concerns of how the media portrays human tragedy. Where and how...

Isabel Allende addresses media portrayal of human tragedy in her short story “And of Clay We Are Created.” For many, it is human nature to identify with tragic events, and often, the media is the...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016 12:21 am UTC

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What is the main external conflict in Isabel Allende's short story "And of Clay Are We Created"? How is it resolved?

A conflict is a battle between two opposite forces in a story. The struggle is typically between the protagonist and the antagonist, but there can be many different types of conflicts. Common...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015 8:25 am UTC

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Why do you think the people of the town ignored the warnings? 

The people who lived in the area were convinced that nothing would happen. They believed that the ever permanent ice would not be moved and the rumblings within the mountain would pass. However the...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2015 2:01 pm UTC

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At the end of the story, what happens to Azucena?

At the end of the story, Azucena dies and slides into the mud pit where she has been trapped after the volcano eruption. After spending three days in the mud and water, Azucena dies of hypothermia...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 9:04 pm UTC

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According to the narrator, the name Azucena means "lily". Why do you think the author might have given her...

When considering why this character might be called Lily, we need to consider two things: the role the character plays, and the standard symbolism associated with flowers and especially lilies....

Latest answer posted May 16, 2008 2:29 am UTC

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In "And of Clay We Are Created," what are the strong diction choices that help to clearly create a tone?

Isabel Allende’s word choice, or diction, in the first paragraph of “And of Clay We Are Created” immediately sets the tone of despair and destruction for the short story. In that vast cemetery...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2016 1:03 am UTC

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What does the author foreshadow will happen to Carlé in the beginning of the story "And of Clay Are We Created"?  

This is a fairly straightforward question, alluding to the final line of the first paragraph of the story: “And every time we saw her on the screen, right behind her was Rolf Carlé, who had gone...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 6:38 pm UTC

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In "And of Clay Are We Created," what piece of equipment does Rolf need to rescue Azucena?

Rolf Carlé arrives shortly after the volcano explodes, which has left the surrounding environment in ruins with thousands of people and animals buried underneath tons of debris and mud. He ends up...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 10:29 pm UTC

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What is the falling action in the story ‘‘And of Clay Are We Created’’ by Isabel Allende?

In a work of literature, the falling action can be defined as that part of the plot that takes place right after the climax and just before the very end. In "And of Clay Are We Created" the climax,...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2018 10:43 am UTC

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How does the narrator try to help Azucena?

The narrator of Isabel Allende’s story becomes very frustrated because she is so far away from the disaster where her partner is reporting and trying to help a girl trapped by a mudslide. Simply...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 1:24 am UTC

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What is the central idea of "And of Clay We Are Created"?

This is such a great story - I really like the work of Isabel Allende. She seems to be able to create worlds that sweep her readers away with ease and characters that we can relate to. Like most...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 10:11 am UTC

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In "And of Clay Are We Created", can you please analyse some examples of imagery and tone?

This is a very broad question, and so for me I am going to focus on one form of figurative language that is explored in this short story which is symbolism. One of the central symbols of this story...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2010 12:30 pm UTC

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In Isabel Allende's short story And of Clay Are We Created, who is Rolf Carle ?

In Isabel Allende’s short story And of Clay are we Created, inspired by the devastating 1985 mudslides precipitated by a volcanic eruption that wiped out entire villages, burying thousands of...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2014 4:16 pm UTC

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How does the narrator describe Carlé in "And of Clay Are We Created"?  

In “And of Clay Are We Created,” the narrator at first describes Carlé as a very calm and levelheaded news reporter. “Fear seemed never to touch him,” she says, though this is not necessarily...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 5:57 pm UTC

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How does the narrator describe Rolf Carlé?

In Isabel Allende’s short story “And of Clay We Are Created,” Eva Luna, the narrator, provides a heartfelt description of the news reporter, Rolf Carlé. Eva is left behind as Rolf travels to a...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 10:39 pm UTC

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What is the climax in the story ‘‘And of Clay Are We Created’’ by Isabel Allende?

The climax of a short story usually begins when the protagonist makes a crucial decision that determines the outcome of a dilemma. Basically, the climax involves the protagonist facing his or her...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2016 9:10 pm UTC

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How is the narrator made aware of what Rolf is doing in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

The narrator is able to keep track of what Rolf Carle is up to through the television footage of the disaster, which as time goes by focuses more and more on the pitiful figure of Azucena, and Rolf...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2013 8:40 pm UTC

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What are the key events in And of Clay Are We Created?

The key events of this excellent short story concern Rolf Carle's arrival at the disaster zone, his discovery of Azucena, the young girl who is trapped in a pit of water and cannot get out, and...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2013 6:14 am UTC

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What do Rolfand Azucena do for each other in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

This is such a wonderful short story, and of course one of the reasons for that is the way that the relationship between these two key characters is presented. It is clear that Rolf is tremendously...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2011 5:55 pm UTC

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How does Allende's choice of narrator contribute to the story? Consider what this narrator was able to present that...

"And of Clay We Are Created" is a short story by Isabel Allende based on the true story of a young girl whose village was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. Rolf Carlé, the main character, is a...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 8:21 pm UTC

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What is Azucena's pathetic responsibility in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

I am not too sure that I fully understand what you mean by "pathetic responsibility." Are you talking about the impact that Azucena has on Rolf Carle's life through their brief but profound...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2011 7:40 pm UTC

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In what way is Rolf like Azucena?

Isabel Allende draws a parallel between Rolf and Azucena in the story “And of Clay We Are Created.” The little girl becomes a symbol or metaphor for Rolf’s hidden, tumultuous childhood. They are...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 7:59 pm UTC

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How does Azucena become trapped?

Azucena becomes trapped in the mire of mud, debris, and clay after a massive volcano erupts, which creates an avalanche of "telluric vomit." The volcanic eruption buries the small villages at the...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2018 12:03 pm UTC

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How does the exotic setting in "And Of Clay Are We Created" affect the theme of the story?

Interesting use of the word "exotic" here. I associate exotic with an attractive, beautiful and strange, almost alien setting, but there is nothing of this in the setting that we are presented with...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010 7:01 pm UTC

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Who is the greater hero in "And of Clay Are We Created": Rolf or Azucena?

Isabel Allende sets up a contrast between the two characters’ experiences in a crisis. Your opinion about who is the greater hero depends on the definition of “hero” that you apply. Although the...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 1:00 am UTC

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