the inhabited woman

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Vanessa Barela English 352 November 20, 2005 Essay- The Inhabited Woman by Gioconda Belli In Gioconda Belli’s The Inhabited Woman we distinguish two different narrative lines, i.e.,., a myth narrated in the first person, and a history narrated in the third person. Discuss how this counterpoint between myth and history frames the Sandinista revolution into a native historical cycle. The Inhabited Woman , by Gioconda Belli is a story about a young woman named Lavinia, who is an architect. She is from the upper class and once she starts working, Lavinia meets a man named Felipe. Lavinia falls in love with this mysterious man, only to find out he is a part of a movement to get rid of the dictator. A spirit of an Indian woman, who was a warrior, soon inhabits her. She struggles with the decision to join the movement, after Felipe brings by a friend who was shot. Throughout the novel, the Indian soul encourages Lavinia to join the movement and abandon her lifestyle. She fights to free her country from the military dictatorship that was imposed on them. *** Lavinia and the spirit of the Indian woman are two different voices within the novel. Lavinia’s voice is the present day and Lavinia’s struggles with the Sandinista revolution. The Indian woman’s voice is from the past, and speaks of the conquest of the land by the Spaniards and the Indian woman’s fight for freedom. There are many
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