Political Change in Latin American Literature
An analysis of the themes of political change in Isabel Allende's "The House of the Spirits" and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "In Evil Hour".
# 116690 | 2,479 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2001 |
Published on Oct 18, 2009 in Literature (Spanish) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Latin-American Studies (Modern Period (1900-1960)) , Latin-American Studies (Post-Modern (1960 on))
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The paper demonstrates how the themes of political violence, modernization, the political role of the military, foreign influence and social stratification are reflected in three novels, "The House of the Spirits", "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "In Evil Hour". The paper highlights how "The House of the Spirits" is the most direct in its inclusion of these themes although the tragedy of state-sponsored violence reverberates in all three novels.
From the Paper:"An aspiring novelist will probably hear the following bit of literary wisdom: "Write what you know." In the novels, The House of the Spirits, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and In Evil Hour, Latin American authors Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez in many respects heeded this advice, drawing upon the turbulent experiences of their native countries in the years after independence from Spain. The major themes illustrated in the pages of these three literary works include the political violence of the region, modernization and "progress," the role of the military, foreign (especially the United States) influence and involvement, as well as existing class and racial stratification."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits. New York: Bantam Books, 1982.
- Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. In Evil Hour. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.
- Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. New York: Harper & Row, 1970.
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