"When Women Love Men"
Analysis of the Rosario Ferre's novel, "When Women Love Men", and how it explores the role of women in the traditional, male-dominated, Puerto Rican society.
# 46602 | 1,013 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Jan 18, 2004 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Spanish) , Latin-American Studies (Race, Class, Gender Issues) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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This paper briefly summarizes Rosario Ferre's book, "When Women Love Men", and discusses its theme about the social injustices suffered by women living under traditional, patriarchal societies. Examples of how Ferre conveys the message of social injustice through the portraits of his characters and the plot of the story are illustrated and explained.
From the Paper:"Ferre's literary products explore a woman's role in a traditional male-dominated society. Females are seen as victims of a culture dominated by machismo who are denied the full realization of power. The author's social criticism is achieved through the varied portraits of women from prostitute to lady, grandparent to child. While individually disconnected, the characters' stories collectively form the voice of the Puerto Rican female's experience. The devastating forces of class, race and gender repression deprive a woman of her full status and cast her as a casualty. Yet, ironically, she emerges as both victim and victor, for within her, also lies the possibility for liberation."
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