Isabel Allende's And Of Clay Are We Created

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Isabel Allende’s short story, “And of Clay Are We Created” expresses the theme that internal demons must dealt with in order to reach closure. Rolf realizes, while sitting with Azucena, that “all his exploits as a reporter, the feats that had earned him such recognition and fame, were merely an attempt to keep his most ancient fears at bay.” (328) Rolf has spent many years of his life blocking out painful memories and emotions. As he works through a difficult setting and these memories come back, he must try to deal with them. If he chooses to ignore these memories, his mental health will likely never improve. It is while Rolf stays with Azucena that he begins to learn this. While facing her own struggles, Azucena “had obliged Rolf to confront

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