Latin American literature has often reminded us that there are fates far worse than death. In fact, it often portrays death as a natural part of the cycle of life and only sometimes uses it as a gulf to di vide character interaction. A character dead for many years can often still be found communicating and influencing the living characters in a Latin American work of art. For example, Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits takes its very title from the spirits of life and death that move about in the house on the corner. In contrast to this continued influence, this paper will examine the things that halt this interaction, including many of the political and economic atrocities that still persist in Central and South America today. The disappeared have been robbed of the influence their voice and their spirit might have on the living, thus suffering a fate worse than death.
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Campbell, Matthew, "Worse Than Death" (2007). Accessed from