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The Blame is Mine

Let Her Fend for Herself

The Right to Protest
.As for the Future.
Singing the Blues
She Doesnt Know How to Protest
A Sense of Loss Whistling in the Dark Wind
I Can Do Nothing
A Record of Preceding Events
A Tearful Tale
A Discreet Exit by the Back Door

The Cover
The painting on the

cover is Paul Klees Little Fool in a Trance. Does this painting relate in some way to the content of the novella?

Obviously I am one of the more important. I, Rodrigo S.M.

How does Clarice Lispector present this novella? Why does

she elect to use this particular form of storytelling? Did you find this compelling or annoying? What is the relationship between the writer and Macaba? How does he feel about her? How trustworthy is the narrator? Based on the novella and the artist dedication, describe some key similarities and differences between the narrator, Macaba, and Clarice Lispector

And to the city from the backland would come ever more and more of its sons

Do Graciliano Ramos and Clarice Lispector paint a

similar portrait of what life is like for NorthEasterners? Compare the narrative style of the two works. Do the different styles help accomplish particular goals unique to each novel?

I have no intention of adorning the word, for were I to touch the girls bread, that bread would turn to goldAnd the girlwould be unable to bite into it, and consequently die of hunger

Use of language and writing are recurring themes in

the novella. How do Lispectors references to language affect the story? What is the significance of the North-Easterners malapropisms?

The unbearable pain made him feel tough and a terrified Glria suddenly became submissive

How is the concept of power used in the novel? Is

anyone dominant or submissive? How much and what kind of power does the narrator have?

Macaba turned pale: it had never occurred to her that her life was so awful

Are any of the characters truly happy? In this case, is

ignorance bliss? Is Macaba the only character that lacks self awareness?

I see that she has vomited a little blood, a great spasm, essence finally touching essence

Why does the novel often focus on the expression and

suppression of bodily functions? Compare the beginning of the novel to the end of the novel

The central character provides a nucleus for a wider exploration of existential problems

What do you think the novel is trying to convey

regarding the human condition? The Hour of the Star foreshadows Lispectors own demise to ovarian cancer shortly after the novella was published. Do you think the novella would be different had she known of her untimely death before the book were published? Is Lispector part of the Existentialist movement?

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