In an era when women were supposed to be disciplined, kindhearted, and obedient. Anna proved that she 's the complete opposite. Defying sixteenth century social mores of being considered as the weaker sex, physically and emotionally. Anna depicted herself as Independent woman, she was the frequent subject of gossip in Germany due to her indecent attire, flirtatious behavior and rebellious acts. After the discovery of Anna 's secret affairs with an nobleman and cavalryman (Erasmus of Limpurg and Daniel Treutwein), her wealthy father out of rage ban her from the household and abolished her inheritances. Anna then files a suit on her father but when she sued him for financial support, he had her captured, returned home and chained to a table as punishment. Anna eventually escaped and continued her suit against her father, siblings and her home town.
The book addresses the negative image history has written for the famous Chica Da Silva. Contrary to popular belief she was not this hideous, promiscuous, and uneducated woman. Furtado uses historical documents such as baptismal records, law suites, and petitions to piece together Chica’s life and prove these myths to be incorrect. By doing this she freed herself from making assumptions and stereotyping Chica based off of the typical mulatto that lived back then. Although Fertado “used [Chica] as a medium through which to shed new light on the women of her period”(xix) and freeing not only [Chica} but women of her kind from “the stereotypes that
Through her novel In the Time of the Butterflies, Alvarez explores the impact of dictatorships on religion, the socio-economic structure of a country, and the role of women in Dominican society.
In her article, “Three Inventories, Three Households”, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich argues that women’s work was crucial not simply for subsistence but that “women were essentials in the seventeenth century for the very same reasons they are essentials today-for the perpetuation of the race” (Ulrich 51). She believes, women were expected to do everything. They were not only to take care of the children, but they were also cook, clean, raise the greens and ranches. Mainly, women plays important role for the survival and continuation of life.
In the Dominican Republic, General Rafael Trujillo 's dictatorship is being judged within the eyes of the four Maribal sisters. In the story "In the Time of the butterflies" by Julia Alvarez the four sisters that are all strikingly different, are contemplating on whether to follow along with the anti- Trujillo movement. Minerva being the most dominant one out of all the sisters, is first to follow through against Trujillo. Alvarez involves feminism, rhetorical and literary devises, and portrayed various themes in her novel. Along with showing the strong relationship, and the differences between the four sisters, they showed us readers the true meaning of family. The sisters were best known as "Las mariposas" that means butterflies. Trujillo’s
In the story “Three Girls” by Joyce Carol Oates, the author uses the characters to define women in several ways. Three girls hide their individualities because they live in a world that is not ready to except their true identities. Oates places Marilyn Monroe, into the story to introduce the sexuality between the two young girl-poets. Their encounter with someone like Marilyn Monroe brings romance to their concealed relationship. In this era, Marilyn Monroe, the celebrity, was the epitome of a woman. Marilyn Monroe’s disguise symbolizes the hidden romance and the sexuality of the two NYU poets. The three girls face embarrassment, discrimination, and the risk of exposure to society.
In “Wildwood”, Junot Diaz presents a troubled teenager by the name Lola to have distinct conflicting values with her mother. Her mother has controversial Dominican norms and responsibilities. These norms are not what Lola wants to be. Her mother soon gets sick and increases Lola’s feelings to take action on how she wants to live her life. When Lola and her mom continue to carry their abusive conflict, Lola decides to run away to Wildwood. Lola does this because she is a lost soul with no foundation of who she really is. As she runs away from her “Domincaness” that she desperately needed change from, her mother finds her in Wildwood and returns her to the origin of a “perfect Dominican daughter” which is the Dominican Republic. Once there she
From the beginning of a girl's life she is told what she can and cannot do. In Judith Ortiz Cofen's “The Changeling” and in Mary Lady Chudleighs “To the Ladies” a young Spanish woman and a wealthy older woman resist society's restrictions on women.
According to Angelo Codevilla, “Each culture is largely defined by the ways in which men and women within it come together to raise children, and each regime defines itself substantially by how it affects those ways…But every regime affects families by making the conditions in which they live” (Codevilla 169). In Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of Butterflies (1994), referred to as ITTOB henceforth, which is a historical novel set in the Dominican Republic, family is the impetus behind revolution. The regime becomes the decider of the fates of individuals as well as their families, and in response the family becomes the main reason to resist the repressive regime. During this process, however, the concept of family itself is redefined and becomes more egalitarian
In the story, “The Myth of a Latin Woman” is about the author Judith Ortiz Cofer talking about her life and growing up as a Puerto Rican girl. She talks about the struggles she had to go through, like always being under heavy surveillance by her family. She would be under their watch because she was a girl and was expected to protect her family’s honor and to behave like in her family’s terms “proper senorita”.
Jamaica Kincaid’s The Autobiography of My Mother signifies a pivotal point in her writing style. Her earlier novels have some semblance of her personal life, but, in this novel, the protagonist Xuela does not share a common experience with that of the author’s life. The mother-obsessed protagonists of her earlier fiction are absent. Instead, we have a seventy year old half-Carib Dominican. The domineering presence of the maternal figure is eradicated and the chief motif of the novel revolves around the absence of the mother. The smothering maternal love that plays a significant role in character and identity forming has been put aside and the implications of the physical absence of the mother are taken as the essence of the novel for analysis. How the self is defined and identified in the absence of the mother explicates the plot of this fiction.The life of Xuela per se revolves around the central fact of the absence of the mother figure or a substitute to whom Xuela can rely for a mirror image which would eventually help her to form and affirm her identity.
The author covers around the 1600s- 1800s century time period while focusing on mainly white women but also women of color. Berkin stated that she could not offer as much information on Indian or black women since there was not much presented but still did an excellent job explaining the significance of all the women.
In this essay I am going to examine and discuss the work of one of Mexico’s most important literary figures, Rosario Castellanos, with particular emphasis on her feministic beliefs and the ways in which she used her writing to catapult her views into the forefront of society. Her writing reflects bitterness regarding the desires and misfortunes of the female population of her nation. Castellanos used poetry, novels and plays as a platform to voice the many inequalities that she deemed prevalent in society at that time. She committed to writing as a mechanism for social change.
Near the end, her writing breaks away from chronological order to discuss a specific set of female soldiers and chronicle each of their diverse narratives. Salas examines the lives of nine soldaderas in order to underscore the diversity between all of them and emphasize the idea that not all lived “miserable lives with little knowledge of themselves or the world around them” (Salas 81). Analyzing their roles in this manner allows her to evade the historical perspective tainted by the male narrative of the era. Rather than relying on historical facts written by upperclass men to define the role of the soldadera, Salas recounts the lives of soldaderas through their own perspective to create a more authentic image of them and the role they
The year 1660 marked an important juncture in the English theatre. Not only was monarchy restored in England but Charles II also allowed women to enter the stage. Thus, women replaced the young adolescent males who cross-dressed in order to portray the women characters in Shakespeare’s plays. Although, the cross-dressing motif might seem strange to some, this practice can be traced back to Ancient Greeks who did not allow women to enter the stage and therefore, men had to wear costumes and masks to represent women. Shakespearean critics, on the other hand, have been divided over the use of ‘cross-dressing’ in his plays. Questions like does Shakespeare use