Parental Influence on Clashes with Society in Love in the Time of Cholera and The Stranger

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Individuals are generally perceived to be productions of their upbringings and socialization. Latin author, Gabriel García Márquez and Algerian writer Albert Camus, introduce how their characters conflict with socialization as a result of their cultivation in Love in the Time of Cholera and The Stranger respectively. In Márquez’s novel, the key female role is assigned to Fermina Daza, a middle class Latina in the 1800s-1900s, expected to hold prestige and marry wealthy by her father and societal pressures. In The Stranger, Meursault, the protagonist, develops a niche for logic rather than influence which provides the Christian based society with a reason to have a heinous perception of him when he fails to express emotion at his mother’s …show more content…
Márquez’s tone in Lorenzo’s actions was violent to make his opposition vivid, while Fermina’s fear influenced her decision to do something out of societal norms. In retaliation to his controlling ways, she cuts off her braid, which in Latin culture, represents beauty in women, symbolizing that she neither wanted nor cared to be affiliated by generic beauty expected by society, but instead to be identified as an individual.
Lorenzo Daza’s obsession with progression of status interferes with his daughter’s development as a conventional woman. He claims, “the only thing worse than bad health is a bad name” (Márquez 81). His opposition to their natural lifestyle and controlling manner is a catalyst of Fermina’s later clashes with male roles in the novel. For example, she ultimately marries Dr. Urbino as her father wished, characterized as a fastidious and esteemed man; however her relationship with him suffers. After, Fermina discovers that her husband took partition in an affair with a mullata, she unlike many
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