Nothing By Carmen Laforet Character Analysis

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Nada, which in Spanish means “nothing”, is the first and most famous novel written in 1944 by the Spanish author Carmen Laforet and winner of the prize Nadal. The title is clearly ambiguous. It reflects the Spanish society after the Spanish civil war and its struggle after it. We follow the protagonist Andrea, a poor 18 orphan girl that after the civil war, moves from a convent where she has been raised, to Barcelona to start living with the family of her grandmother that she has not seen for years. She lives in this harsh place, a house in Calle de Aribau, controlled by the austere aunt Angustias that aims to control her, to transform her in an ideal woman. There are also two uncles, the charming and depressed Roman, and Juan, a rude man who beats and abuses of his beautiful and seducing wife, Gloria. Here we see Andrea’s process of disillusionment with her family …show more content…
Overcoming the restrictions she can mature. An important step in Andrea’s growth is her friendship with Ena. She gives her happiness, it represents what the protagonist wants to be, a different model of woman, facing the traditional one embodied by Angustias. Their relationship is based on friendship, love. By staying with Ena and her boyfriend, Jaime, she finds out that in a relationship the woman does not have to be dominated by man. Then Ena becomes more distant from her and Andrea starts to be closer to a group of artists that want to break down with the rules of the time. This relationship is important for Andrea just to go away from the family problems and Ena’s temporary alienation.
Andrea has also two relationships with Gerardo and her classmate Pons, but they just represent mistakes in her path. Pons and she for example belong to two different worlds and they are not mature enough to win this obstacle; moreover she thought this heterosexual love was the same of romantic love. She is still