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

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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 with the never-forgotten hiss of a viper coiled to strike.”  In addition, his father locks him in an armoire for hours as punishment. Rolf reminisces about a disabled sister, Katharina, who is also abused by her father.  Rolf and...

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