In the the book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, written by Junot Diaz, the author portrays the character of Beli as a bitter and aggressive mother who is most often times seen in the book acting in a cruel and violent manner towards her daughter Lola. However, her relentless attitude towards Lola is as a result of all of her victimized history growing up in the Dominican Republic. Beli’s is a one of the most complex characters within Diaz’s book, therefore her story throughout some parts of the book is narrated in third person rather than the typical first or second person narration. Diaz sets the book up in this style as a way for the audience to grasp a better understanding of Beli as a character. Although Beli is portrayed as a hostile mother towards her daughter Lola, it is a as a result of her traumatic past and through those experiences show that she possess a caring side to her.
Reading through the intrepid journeys of this novel, we come to learn about each of the four Mirabal sisters, along with her attitude and actions towards her merciless leader. In Julia Alvarez’s In The Time of the Butterflies, readers are introduced to four sisters living under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, the head of the Dominican Republic. All sisters harbor an intense hatred for the state, but among them, two sisters in particular bear stronger differences than the others—Minerva and Dedé. Minerva is an adamant character who delves deeper into the secrets of Trujillo and the coming revolution, whereas Dedé’s character shies away and lingers in the back.
She uses old official documents to learn what her lifestyle consisted of, who her family was, and what social class she associated with. 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 Furtado uses historical documents such as baptismal records, law suites, and petitions to piece together Chica’s life and prove these myths to be incorrect.
She feels that she is “an ugly daughter” (Cisneros 88) and does not fit in. This feeling leads her to want a change for herself, something better than what her parents had. Someday she wants to “say goodbye to Mango. [She] is too
In contrast to his father’s view of life, Antonio’s mother has a much different opinion. Antonio’s mother felt differently about what Gabriel wants for Antonio as, “My mother was not a woman of the Llano, she was the daughter of a farmer. She could not see the beauty in the Llano and she could not understand the coarse men who lived half their lifetimes on horsebacks.” (2). Anaya builds upon the different perspectives on life through both of Antonio’s parents ' cultures and upbringing, to exemplify the range of cultures in a syncretic society like New Mexico, as well as the added information to the formation of opinions and outlooks on life.
In “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”, Junot Diaz portrays adulthood as a period of time during which a person must deal with the realities of a harsh situation. Beli Cabral and her daughter Lola de Leon are both faced with challenging situations that arise due to their alignment with gender stereotypes. The concept of adulthood emerges through the novel as a time when the outcomes of complex situations are the direct results of one’s ability to problem-solve, with the ‘adult’ often learning lessons through poor decision-making. Early adulthood is observed through the novel as Beli and Lola both react poorly to being used by men as a sexual objects: Because Beli sexually objectifies herself in the pursuit of love and blames her partners
Lola takes advantage of her deteriorating mother whose illness represents the declining hold of the norms over Lola. Since her mom “will have trouble lifting her arms over her head for the rest of her life,” Lola is no longer afraid of the “hitting” and grabbing “by the throat” (415,419). As a child of a “Old World Dominican Mother” Lola must be surrounded by traditional values and beliefs that she does not want to claim, so “as soon as she became sick” Lola says, “I saw my chance and I’m not going to pretend or apologize; I saw my chance and I eventually took it” (416). When taking the opportunity to distinguish herself from the typical “Dominican daughter” or ‘Dominican slave,” she takes a cultural norm like long hair and decides to impulsively change it (416). Lola enjoyed the “feeling in [her] blood, the rattle” that she got when she told Karen to “cut my hair” (418).
Family is the most powerful weapon for people to live a delighted life. In the book, “Before we were free” and “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez spoke about the brave families who struggled to bring freedom to the entire country. All the Mirable sister supported each other when they need each other help. “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Alvarez mentioned about Minerva, the main character of the book who fight against the dictator, Trujillo. Similarly, “Before we were free” Alvarez talked about Anita’s father and his fellow who fought against the ruler and bring freedom to the country.
The novel ‘Nada’ written by Carmen Laforet is a twisted heart-breaking tale about a year in the life of the 18-year-old female protagonist Andrea. Throughout this year, Andrea spends in Barcelona with her relatives, she developed various relationships, both homosexual and heterosexual. For the purpose of this essay I will discuss Andrea’s highly affective homosexual relationships with her best friend Ena and her aunt Gloria and how she views and describes both woman differently. I will also briefly contrast her homosexual relationships with that of her heterosexual relationships with Pons and her uncle Román. I will begin with discussing Adrea’s relationship with Gloria, as this relationship began before her relationship with Ena did.
She poses more questions and introduces more concepts which leave the reader with this bittersweet feeling of nostalgia. In part three she touches on the subjects of genealogy as it pertains to desire. She extrapolates form the ideas of Sigmund Freud’s theory of the Psyche to argue how the Oedipus complex has left its imprint on Chicano/a cultures. She juxtaposes four “cultural bodies”, Selena, La Malinche, Delgadina, and Silent Tongue, which if read from a third space feminist interpretation shifts the perspective to unveil women’s desires through their own agency. She analyses the Oedipus complex and introduce the Oedipal conquest triangle.
In context of the ending of the novel Kennedy states that reading is inescapable. As though it can be resisted, it cannot be rebelled against. The reader and the last survivor of Buendia clan finish reading the text and the manuscript at the same time. The ending of the book, also marks the end of Buendia family and Macondo. The well known existential philosopher, Albert Camus states that if resistance mute perhaps continues thereupon the unitary regime will collapse in its own contradictions.
The reality of the universe of this particular work in One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez erases the boundaries between the fantastic or imaginary and the real in order to present a situation in which both coexist in harmony. Although literary critics who see the novel as a totality unto itself, with its own declared ends bearing only an analogous relationship to society 's activity, may well object to this kind of test. Such critics may seek to judge novelists, not according to how well they depict real life, but in terms of how they create a new reality in an independent literary world. But since the novelist has an impact upon society, we argue that his work must also be judged on its view of "reality" and its interaction with human events. The characters in One Hundred Years of Solitude speak as if at a long and phenomenal party.
The events throughout the Protagonist’s childhood were significant in her establishing as an admirable woman. Throughout the story there are several aspects of the Protagonist’s character that play a major role in the shaping of her future. During her childhood she often demonstrates a sense of fear when she is sent to her bedroom. “We were afraid of the inside, the room where we slept.” She is frightened by her personal space because she does not have
In Isabel Allende’s short story “Two Words”, readers follow the story of Belisa Crepuscalario, a woman who was born to an extremely poor family and sell words for a living. Colonel, a really tough and closed man who does not show his feelings easily and had spent his life serving homeland in the civil war. Late in the story she meets Colonel where the tough and closed man become a totally different person. In “Two Words,” Allende emphasizes the power of words through Belisa’s work to develop both Belisa and Colonel’s character, helping him realize that life is beautiful and enjoyable. To understand the power of words in Belisa’s life, it is important to know a little bit about her background.
The authority of tradition in the society Kingston lived in is very oppressive. Living in a male-dominated society forces Kingston to live in curiosity and fear due to her aunt 's act of adultery. Brave Orchid, Kingston 's mother, draws on Chinese myths and experiences to teach Chinese traditions and customs to her daughter. They are not usually fact, so Kingston has to decipher what is real from what is fantasy. The story opens up a world of imagination for her about not only what it is like for her aunt, but what it may be like for her.