Women in Latin American Literature Analytical Essay by Research Group

Women in Latin American Literature
This paper looks at the two books: Rigoberta Menchu's "I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala" and Beezley and Ewell's "The Human Tradition in Modern Latin America".
# 26831 | 1,491 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 19, 2003 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)

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The paper claims that these two books read together give a full picture of the history of women who have refused to be silent and passive in the face of oppression from individuals or socioeconomic conditions or military dictatorships. The writer looks at examples from both books that illustrate this thesis.

From the Paper:

"Another significant feature of the Indian culture to which Menchu belongs is the belief that all children belong, in a sense, to the community. In other words, from their earliest memory, a child feels herself an intimate part of her culture, her surroundings, her community. This sense is deepened by the relationship of the child to the land and to nature (Burgos-Debray 7). A deep respect and love for her culture, for her people, for the land and for nature was instilled into Menchu at an early age. The people's religion is tied to nature through such aspects as the nahual (Burgos-Debray 18). In other words, religion to Menchu was not a separate aspect of life, any more than culture or economy or nature was something separate. When she later studied the Bible, she drew from its stories the same sense of connection with culture and ancestors that marked her own Indian culture (Burgos-Debray 131). These factors played a central role in her development as a committed leader of her people in Guatemala and later as an exile. She developed a sense of duty not only to the living but to those who had suffered and died."

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