Love in the Time of Cholera Race Society Social Class Theme Outline - SydneyYoumans APEnglishIV4A February16,2016 Race\/Society\/SocialClassin I Thesis A

Love in the Time of Cholera Race Society Social Class Theme Outline

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Sydney YoumansAP English IV 4AFebruary 16, 2016Race/Society/Social Class inLove in the Time of CholeraI.ThesisA. InLove in the Time of Cholera, Marquez determines how the characters vieweach other and themselves based on the standards set for race, gender roles, socialclass, etc. in post­slavery turn­of­the­century Colombia.II.RaceA. The history of South America is deeply rooted in slavery, as the continent was apart of the columbian exchange. Because of the introduction of Africans to theregion and the takeover of Europeans, there became a racial hierarchy, set up bythe Europeans to keep the natives and Africans subordinate to the Spaniards.There still exists a lasting racial hierarchy long after slavery is abolished, and it isevident in Love in the Time of Cholera.1.Members of the higher social class are usually people of lighter pigment,essentially European descent. Dr. Urbino and his family hold muchprestige in the community, and their light skin does contribute to this.2.Race comes into play in Love in the Time of Cholera in deciding whodeserves to be married to/involved with whom.a)When Dr. Urbino is involved in an affair, the mistress is a mulatto.Fermina becomes suspicious that her husband is having an affair
because she detects a different smell in his clothes. The smell is ofa man to her, but when she discovers that it is of an Africanwoman, she understands why it smells like a man.(1) “And worst of all, damn it: with a black woman. Hecorrected her: “With a mulatta.” But by then it was too latefor accuracy: she had finished. “Just as bad,” she said, “andonly now I understand: it was the smell of a black woman.”p. 250b)

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