The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
The Passion According to G.H by Clarice Lispector is written from G.H’s view point. The novel begins by recounting on what happened one morning while G.H sat alone in her apartment. The real name of the narrator is not revealed as the author uses G.H initials. G.H was a wealthy lady in Rio de Janeiro, whose housemaid has just quit (Lispector, 7). She decides to clean maid’s room where she saw a fat, black cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe (Kristal, 5). She panicked and slams the door killing the cockroach and watches it die. Nonetheless, at the end of the book, the narrator is fixed into a spiritual crisis.
G.H. is a member of the leisure class who is unmarried, finds herself between lovers and she is without a housemaid. One day she decides to clean maid’s room at the back of the apartment (Lispector, 10). What she experience in the room shocks her and it set the basis of the novel. Each chapter takes her away from her busy and over-organised life until at last she forms a communion with Christ-like cockroach (White, 2). Her life changes to the field of acceptance of oneself based on reality without the influences of her former attributes. The great adventure happens at the back of the apartment in the maid’s room. G.H begins to see herself in the eyes of her former maid which set her in the ro