"Oficio de Tinieblas" by Rosario Castellanos Book Review

"Oficio de Tinieblas" by Rosario Castellanos
An analytical summary of "Oficio de Tinieblas" by Rosario Castellanos.
# 129074 | 831 words | 0 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 30, 2010 in Literature (Spanish) , Women Studies (Culture) , Latin-American Studies (General)

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This paper offers a summary and analysis of the novel "Oficio de Tinieblas" by Rosario Castellanos. The paper explains that the book presents two very important underlying social themes in the context of the story's Mexican society in the rural area of Southern Mexico, where part of the novel takes place - the racial hierarchy of the white-influenced population of the area, and the effect of this patriarchal society on the women. Both of these themes can be exemplified, the paper notes, in the scene of the rape of the character Marcela Gomez Oso, a young indigenous woman, who like the other women, make clay pitchers to sell in town in Ciudad Real. The paper points out the novel's ever-present themes of the dominance of society on the basis of sex and race. The paper concludes that the novel reveals how the socio-racial hierarchy is established with white males on the top of the social ladder, demonstrating their power over the indigenous population and the women of that society.

From the Paper:

"This scene also demonstrates the relation between genders in this patriarchal society. Throughout the novel, we see how the women in the society are viewed as submissive to men. The men occupy the important positions of society, giving women very little, if any, freedom. Mercedes describes the first time that Leonardo met her when she was a prostitute and he was young. Now, Leonardo keeps her living close to his house, where she is able to get girls for him. Although his wife knows about Leonardo's affairs, she has internalized the dominant male ideology and allows it to continue. The male dominance in this society is a major theme of this novel and is described later on in the novel by Leonardo himself."

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