In “The Judge’s Wife” the author, Isabel Allende, uses a variety of techniques to
make full use of the limited space within her short story. By using strong imagery,
providing a background, providing believable human actions, and examining justice, M.
Allende creates a piece readers can understand to the point of empathy. Because her
short story examines human behavior in respect to passions, justice, and emotion (love)
in a plausible manner one can find close similarities between her work and that of Mary
The author makes use of imagery to embellish not only upon her environment, but
also her characters. M. Allende presents the ideas of corruption, innocence, and
strictness simply through well-selected adjectives that lend eloquently to the
descriptions of her characters. The strait laced judge being “…dressed formally in black
… and his boots always shone with bees wax ” (Allende, 422). One can infe...