Four Major Themes In Borderlands La Frontera By Gloria Anzaldúa
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What I'm going to talk about is four major themes from the book, Borderlands La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa. The four major themes I chose to talk about are first, how you shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself, then how Anzaldúa shows deviant behavior throughout the book, also, how she found herself through poetry, and lastly, America’s melting pot.
Don’t Be Ashamed of Yourself When reading the book, Borderlands La Frontera, Anzaldúa is basically telling us don’t be ashamed of who you are. In chapter two, Anzaldúa starts off by talking about how being raised as a Catholic, it was taught that being a homosexual was a “choice” and it is not something you genetically inherited (Anzaldúa, 2012, p. 41). Anzaldúa, who is a…show more content… The woman is supposed to clean, and cook for her family. Also, a woman is supposed to listen to her husband and not disobey. Women are made to feel like total failures if they do not get married and have children, so in their culture they are seen as deviant. Anzaldúa talks about how when she was younger she knew that she something was “wrong” with her. She started talking about her deviant behavior of how she refuses to take orders from authorities. She wouldn’t take orders from her parents and she wouldn’t do chores. There was a rebel in her. She called it “The Shadow-Beast” (Anzaldúa, 2012, p. 38).
Anzaldúa was seen as a deviant because she was a lesbian. This time, she wasn’t just seen as a deviant to America, she was seen as deviant to her own culture. In her culture, as a woman, Anzaldúa is supposed to marry a man. Anzaldúa was raised as a Catholic and was taught that being a homosexual was a “choice” and it is not something you genetically inherited. If a woman does not marry a man she is a “Mujer mala,” meaning a bad woman (Anzaldúa, 2012, p. 38). Anzaldúa felt like an alien. Who would want to be disowned by their family, or even the whole village? People usually blame the kid’s parents for the kid being a homosexual. You can’t come out of the closet because if you do, then you not only ruin your reputation, you ruin your family’s reputation.