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Nicolas Vidal in The Judge's Wife

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The life that Nicolas Vidal lead was greatly influenced by his childhood and it was an affectionless one that led him to a cold and heartless life of crime and loneliness. Even when he paid for the love of women he never developed the feelings that are needed to make life happy. When he was able to feel the warmth of loving and being loved, he could not let go and this was the beginning of his downfall. Throughout the story, Vidal tries to avoid women by surrounding himself with men who were mainly thugs and this kind of life made it hard for any woman to get close to Vidal.

Unfortunately, he could not get Casilda out of his mind up to the little details such as "the translucent young girl in her traveling suit, with bashful eyes and delicate fingers" (Allende & Peden, 1999). The story generally tries to show the struggle Vidal has in trying to find freedom from his desire for love and intimacy but he is not successful in resisting his desires. He ran away from love all his life but in the end, when he gives in to his desires, it costs him his life.

The assumumption early in Vidals life that he will be a criminal as a result of the markings on his face may be added to the fact that the judge also contributed to it like the rest of the society that made a stereotype and decided that Vidal was an outcastFlannery O'Connor - "A Good Man is Hard to Find": character - The Misfit From the conversation that The Misfit has with the grandmother, it can be seen that he seeks some justification of the predicaments that he has been suffering spiritually and he also sees a disproportion between the personal suffering he thinks he afflicted and his actions.

He thinks that his past actions cannot be equated to the punishment he has been given to them. He is depicted to wear tan and white shoes without any socks or shirt and he is a guy with spectacles that make he appear intellectual and through the way he talks, it can be concluded that he is uneducated even though he talks with politeness.

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preview essay on Nicolas Vidal in The Judge's Wife
  • Pages: 6 (1500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: Masters
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