Analysis Of Gloria 's ' Like With Malvina And Gabriela '

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Like with Malvina and Gabriela, Amado depicts Glória as a woman who refuses to perform roles traditionally ascribed to women and disregards what the society expects of her. Though at first Amado emphasizes Glória’s beauty as an object for male appreciation at the window, as we learn about Glória’s inner qualities and her social transgressions we empathize with her. Glória’s beauty becomes an empowering tool since she, a disenfranchised woman, uses her body to fulfill her material needs. Like Malvina and Gabriela, Glória will not be subjected to the will of men. She wants to be her own owner and do only what she wants to do, instead of doing what others expect of her.
Glória is Colonel Coriolano Ribeiro’s concubine and becomes a beautiful monument for the appreciation of the townsfolk. Though we hear very little about Glória’s background, the narrator tells us that the Colonel, a wealthy plantation owner, took the young woman from poverty in another town and installed her in a house the main town square of Ilhéus “right on a street where the best families lived” (99). The Colonel supports her luxuries in exchange for exclusive sexual favors. However, given the Colonel’s excessive jealousy, Glória cannot interact with other men. When the Colonel is away, she is forced to spend most of her time at home watching the life of the town from her window. Her beautiful body in display becomes the object of male gaze and female condemnation:
“Shameless hussy!”
“The men sin even

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