Allende's concern with human suffering and salvation is illustrated in “Our Secret,” which tells the story of two lovers who discover that they have been tortured in similar ways by thesame cruel political system. It focuses on the psychological consequences of such a traumatic experience, as the lovers reveal their scars to one another.
I noticed in the reading that fear isthought to be stronger than love, passion or any other thing. Fear is one such emotion that is pre-programmed into all animals and people as an instinctual response to potential danger, and the fear thatthe man of the story had was remarkable thanks to all the political suffering he had to live years before in his government.
At first when I started reading the story, I didn’t understand thetitle of it, but then I just realize that they had the same hidden secret of having lived a childhood full of pain in their home country, and have suffered in the same conditions, and this was evidencedin their physical scars and in the union they had of “two frightened orphans”, as the story says.
I think that all the suffering you can have, must be expressed because if you don’t do that, you canstart being repressed and feeling like that is not good for your body and soul, him having a tarantula of nightmares didn’t let him get what he was seeking. As we can see, the man of the story justwanted to have sex with her at the beginning but when he realizes that she understood him even without saying a word, just by holding him, he trusted in her and he was anxious to share the hiddensecret that involved them both. He felt that they had more to live and tell to each other and as the book says they were hungry for pacts and confidences.
I strongly believe that what makes him feelbetter with her and feel more confident was the fact that her all-embracing power of “love” rescued him from his condition because she had lived what he had lived too and that was enough to understand...
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