The Smallest Woman in the World” is a short story written by Clarice Lispector which is centered on a character named “Little Flower” by a. The story can be seen as a magic realist story because the author talks about two figurative worlds that exist at the same time without being. yet another box-among the smallest pygmies in the world, he found the Marcel Pretre came face to face with a woman no more than 90 Clarice Lispector.

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Notify me of new comments via email. Frequently, her fiction demonstrates the impediments to female autonomy in a male-dominated society.

Click here to sign up. Skip to main content. The story line then returns to the slightly claustrophobic domestic scenes of Lispector when a picture of the woman appears in the Sunday Paper and a people begin to talk about her.

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“The Smallest Woman in the World” – “A Menor Mulher do Mundo”- by Clarice Lispector

Little Flower appears to ths not as a potential source of fame or as exotic sexual chattel but as a marvel, a diminutive earth- mother. As the tale opens, the narrator mocks our assumption about how this encounter will play out by informing us that the startling sight of Little Flower stirs in M. Then she looked at her clever child as if she were looking at a dangerous stranger.

The message of the story is that being exposed to unfamiliarity generates a feeling of discomfort, longing, a wwoman to classify and understand, or a want to own and exploit as well as an objectifying regard of the unfamiliar. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. But worrld can fathom the unguarded, profoundly simple opening out in clrice to all that pleases her that Little Flower knows.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here She spent much of the forties and fifties in Europe and the United States, helping soldiers in a military hospital in Naples during World War II and writing, before leaving her husband and returning to Rio in Email required Address never made public.

And that laugh becomes a private joke between the reader and the narrator, who now replays this encounter with the unknown from the perspective of Little Flower.

“The Smallest Woman in the World”

She considered how ferociously we need to play. Given this preface, it comes as no surprise that the women respond predictably to distance themselves from this ths being. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The woman is 44 centimeters just over 17 inchesshe is pregnant and black.

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She considered the cruel necessity of loving. Excerpt His mother was setting her hair in front of the bathroom mirror at the moment, and she remembered what a cook had told her about life in an orphanage.

Her laugh is insensible to M. Moreover,as Marta Pexiota points out, although her friends included well-known Brazilian authors, Lispector cultivated a nonliterary image. She now possesses a frightening knowledge about the lispectof nature of love, which the narrator articulates: Love is a trap, but one we cannot escape while remaining human.

One brief vignette, presented early on in the exhibition of urban women, offers a poignant portrait of a lesbian whose desires are closed even to herself. One female reader turns away: In a typical Lispector denouement after this epiphany, the mother retreats from the brute nature of love that the photograph of Little Flower has exposed. His mother was setting her hair in teh of the bathroom mirror at the moment, and she remembered what a cook had told her about life in an orphanage.


How many times we will kill for love. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This mother recognizes both the necessity and the hollowness of her carefully structured life.

But then the mockery drops, and the phantom is seen as a lonely woman, distressed all day by this reminder of what she lacks. Clarice Lispector — was Brazilian claarice, translator and author of fiction. Part of the deeper themes of Lispector I see emerging is the need for people, women in particular, to hide from the true nature of their lives.

It is a reaction derived from discomfort and disgust at that which is considered to be abnormal or unacceptable. Through signals, Little Flower reveals to M. A greed for knowledge the explorer can understand; greed for love the women who despise Little Flower know from their own lives. The woman is described as leaving mostly in the trees and coming from an endangered tribe which is pursued by cannibals.

Help Center Find new research papers in: Brazil has its own very complicated history of race relations in a once slave based economy and it would take some pondering how one should take this, I think.