The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman: A Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who introduces the novel in the Introduction? What does the narrator establish from the past?

Desiderio, the narrator, is now an old man, looking back on his life with a sense of regret. Desiderio acknowledges that he is known as a hero for ending the war against Dr. Hoffman, but he had never wanted to be a hero, and he regrets that his fame came at the expense of the one woman he would ever truly desire, Albertina Hoffman.

2. Who raised Desiderio? How did his heritage shape his character?

Desiderio is the son of a prostitute of Indian heritage and was raised by a group of nuns in an orphanage. Due to his Indian heritage, Desiderio has always felt as though he did not belong. For this reason, Desiderio finds himself anxious to please his superiors in an effort to fit in.

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