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TWS 22_Paper 2 - Woo 1 Kristie Woo Professor Sanchez TWS 22...

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Woo 1 Kristie Woo Professor Sanchez TWS 22: Latin America 25 May 2011 A Labyrinth Worth Solving The need for respect from others and ability take pride in who we are can be arguably a natural need and tendency. After all, it is rare that we come across an individual who strives to be oppressed or disregarded. However, it is not always clear that all genders, races, or classes have had the equal opportunity to pursue this “natural” right. In their short stories “The Woman Who Came at Six O’Clock” and “The Tree”, authors Garcia Márquez and María Luisa Bombal delve into the lives of two 20 th century Latin American women who struggle against all odds in order to take control of their true identity. Having recently wedded her childhood love, Luis, Brígida still finds herself void of happiness in her marriage, her own husband’s desire, and the ability to take control of her situation. Similarly, though “queen” may seemingly have more than enough “attention” from men everyday as a prostitute, she finds herself deeply upset over her stifling occupation, lack of true yearning for men, and ability to end her misery. Yet, by demonstrating that women do possess the strength to overcome societal constraints, sexual mistreatment, and class restraints, characters Brígida and “queen” shed light on how inequality in a multi-layered hegemonic society can be tackled one woman at a time. In Bombal’s “The Tree”, and Marquez’s “The Woman Who Came at Six O’Clock”, Brígida and “queen” struggle to break out of the societal norm for their roles as wife and prostitute realizing that these predetermined “feminine” roles allow for no freedom to live as they please. Growing up, Brígida never received much love or attention from either her five
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Woo 2 sisters or father who considered her retarded and to be left alone. So naturally, when Luis tells her instead that she is “a necklace of sparrows” Brígida jumps at the opportunity of true love (108). Though married now to her one and only lover, she somehow finds herself “stranded on Luis’s chest” (109). Day after day, Brígida pines for her husband’s attention. Hoping that in the time he has before he leaves for work, or perhaps during his lunch hour, or even during a simple dinner together, she can connect with the man she has made a commitment to. Yet because
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