What does it mean that Amaranta died “with all her nostalgias in tact”? Why does the narrator see this as a sign of immaturity?
Amaranta continued to hold on to the desires and anxieties of her adolescence until her death. The narrator tells us she still wept when listening to the music of Pietro Crespi. She still felt desire for the men in her past, even though some of them were inappropriate. She has held on to the past in a way that prevented her from moving completely into adulthood. For this reason, her nostalgia is a sign of immaturity. Your students may also suggest that Amaranta’s status as a lifelong virgin is also symbolic of her inability to enter adulthood....
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1061 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 8329 literature essays, 2290 sample college application essays, 359 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.