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Under the Feet of Jesus

Helena Maria Variations’ Under the Feet of Jesus shows the maturing of Estella is a young Latin that seems to blend in many different phases of her life. The author, Helen uses Estella give the book its quality and energy. Estella is a friendly character, who is used to symbolize the small amount of strength that waits at a person’s weakest point.

Throughout the entire novel, Estella serves as the tough base for the family and through the setting established; the audience s able to see her grow in her social, political, economic, and cultural knowledge. Starlet’s mother, Peter, was left a long time ago by her husband. Estella learns from her fathers loss that men cannot be trusted or depended on, and that women will usually always be left to take care of the family. Just as Peter has been abandoned physically by Estella father, and mentally by Perfecto, Estella soon will come to be abandoned by Aledo.

The fact that Perfecto has not married her other extends the idea of lack of promise made by the men in her life. Estella knows that the world of men and women through her mother Peter and Perfecto Variations is insightful to the men in some ways, but she does emphasize that when the men abandon the family, the women are left to bear for themselves and their children. Estella and Aledo’s relationship, serves as a major basis for the author’s claim in the idea of suffering. Aledo’s death represents how once a female is left behind.

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