Examples Of Patriarchal Resistance In The Festival Of San Joaquin

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Patriarchal Resistance in The Festival of San Joaquin The Festival of San Joaquin is the third novel of Belizean writer, Zee Edgell, which focuses on gender roles and relationships between the protagonist, Luz Marina, and other women of different social class. Interestingly, the narrative takes place during the festival of the patron saint, an event that represents the Mestizo culture. The novel is set in the village of San Joaquin and quickly progresses as Luz Marina’s life story unfolds resulting in the self-defense murder of Salvador, who is her abusive common-law- husband. Luz Marina shares three Mestizo children with Salvador and her relationship with him is overseen by his mother, Dona Catalina. The novel presents three types of women: submissive Mama Sofia, trapped Dona Catalina, and rebellious …show more content…

“I am a full partner”, implies that Dona Catalina feminist viewpoint of equality in marriage (p42). However, it was evident that Dona Catalina marriage was a form of capitalism and she cared less of being a submissive wife to Don Pablo. According to Moody-Freeman, money equals power and Dona Catalina’s association by marriage to him also grants her power and a status in the community much higher than Luz’s father, a milpa farmer. Interestingly, in the mestizo culture, the older son is automatically in command in the absence of the father however, Dona Catalina “consistently refuse to allow him to control her financial affairs”, infers that Dona Catalina distrust Salvador with her finance (p59). To prevent Luz from gaining custody of her children Dona Catalina uses her economic dominance and reputation in San Joaquın. She also discreetly made business transactions to sell Belizean land to foreign investors. All the economic successes Dona Catalina reaped from her marriage and land transactions made her an agency in San

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