I Lived on Butterfly Hill

Ceated by Richard Santarosa, Written by Marjoryie Agosin

Celeste of My Soul


Celeste Marconi, the protagonist in I Lived On Butterfly Hill, by Marjorie Agosin, has great fortune and is sympathetic towards those who have less than she does. However, Celeste might get forced into that same position when she has no voice in the decision of her removal from Valparaiso, Chile. Celeste wants to help those less fortunate due to her parents’ jobs-“‘Can I go with you tonight?’ I plead. ‘I'm eager to help, and I like going out at night.’” (Page 19) Celeste Marconi is in a position of wealth and is willing to share it with those in need. This makes her not only generous but proves her wealth is not playing a part in her personality (or playing a positive role).


The main character, Celeste Marconi, faces the conflict of character vs. the government and those who support it. While Celeste is the main character, the city of Valparaiso is describe in such a way it too appears to be a character. ¨Its a mysterious city where fairies and lost sailors live, and ghosts stroll through the port. They are usually happy ghosts and a little bit tipsy. That’s why at night things seemingly float through the air and land somewhere else in the morning. In my window I have found blue scarves, anti wrinkle cream, a bottle of rum, and --what I loved most-- a dozen pink balloons.¨ This passage, written on page 17 is Celeste’s view on her town of rolling hills. The town is joyful as if it were in a dream, but this fantasy town and all of its wonder might all be taken away by Chile’s new, ruthless leader.

Celeste In Ruins

Dictator Pinochet's death is the climax of I Lived On Butterfly Hill. This is a turning point because Celeste is able to return to Chile, thus resolving the conflict. She is torn because she had developed not only great relationships with peers, but also with her new homeland, the United States. Earlier in the story, Abuela Frida explains to Celeste that her own parents had been killed in the Holocaust and though humans claim to have learned from this event, there were, however, still similarities in Chile. Celeste, like her Abuela, was thrown into a position of needing to be independent and courageous. The Chilean government had been overtaken and ruled by a ruthless and cold-hearted president known as Pinochet. The fact that Celeste had to leave her country, her loved ones and the comforts of her home shows the courage this 11-year-old girl had to muster in a brief amount of time. Abuela Frida had also explained the heartbreaking truth of just how many people were put into this horrible situation. Many Chilean people went to regions of the world they were not accustomed to like Celeste, who had a very difficult time learning the American traditions and language. However, in the end Celeste confronts yet another challenge, leaving what she has adapted to love, behind.

Heartful Hija


It’s a beautiful Friday on the coast of Valparaiso, Chile. Sweet smells waft atop a summer breeze and the fresh smell of empanadas lingers in the air from Cafe Iris. A day of peace, but for how long? Celeste, the main character, and her friends, Louisa, Gloria, Marisol and Cristobal are oblivious to the looming coup before them as they rest in the magic of Cafe Iris. Celeste senses something is amiss as soon as the Joan Ross School lets out. Big ships are blockading Valparaiso Harbor like statues standing, as to insure that no comfort could could be let through. Celeste is not yet aware of the courage needed for her unsettling adventure.

I Lived on Butterfly Hill, written by Marjorie Agosin will take the readers on their own adventures, traveling the world on a broken heart, yet hope still lights the way for Celeste Marconi. Just as things seem incapable of getting any worse, Celeste is forced to flee her homeland in the pursuit of freedom and safety. So much has changed for Celeste in this new land called Maine. However, Celeste’s perseverance guides her through these troubling times, and while things seem dark, there is still a glimmering light of hope in the distance just waiting for her to pursue it. Throughout this book, Celeste has shown courage as well as perseverance to get to that light and to cling to the little freedom she has left. These traits represent hope in the life of Celeste Marconi.

Though these are rare inconveniences for a young girl of eleven, these problems might work in her favor, for she will learn so much in these two upcoming years. Yet, after two incredible years, she has come so far and though Celeste has conquered her challenges, it is time for her to go back to her homeland." 'We are so sorry!' 'but...' charlie takes a deep breath and continues. 'You were always so good at being yourself. you never you never changed to try and fit in. The only thing you did was learn english, and I used to think, 'Wow! That girl is tougher than I am!" Charlie confessed sorrowfully on pages 284 and 285. This statement is raw prof that though this news was full of joy, despair had a contribution of it's own. In fact, some may argued that when Celeste is forced to say goodbye to what she has built for herself her leaving once more. Only this time, she will pursue her dream of being a writer surrounded by her family, and those close to her heart.

Timeline

.Pinochet's dictatorship began in 1973 and finally ended in 1988.

.The Vietnam war was commencing, started in 1955 and "ended" in 1975 claims General Ford. Four years later Ronald Reagan becomes president and releases the hostages form Iran.

.Ronald Reagan becomes president and the Iran hostages are released in 1979

.Refugee Act reforms USA immigration systematically allowing immigration for humanitarian reasons in 1980

.Execution of fallen dictator Saddam Hussein in 2006