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Hortensia’s Decision

From an early age most people are taught what to do and what not do. Our upbringings also involve the way our society around us interacts. We follow the common saying, “Monkey see, monkey do.” In “If You Touched my Heart,” Isabel Allende uses the character’s personal backgrounds and upbringings also adding the society they live in to justify the way they act. First, Allende gives the readers a taste of the lifestyle of the main character Amadeo. For instance, she writes Amadeo as growing up in the “midst of his father’s gang, and like all men [in the] family, [growing] up to be a ruffian.” Amadeo was taught very early on in life that a man only needed “balls…