The Narration Of The Dona Barbara Narrative

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Bourdieu introduction of this concept of cultural arbitraries can be found in the narration of the Doña Bárbara narrative: “Beneath Dona Barbara 's didactic narrative voice, which persistently seeks to establish unambiguous categories, lies an unsettling recognition of the instability of meanings” (Skurski 621). The instability of meanings is found in the actions of Santos, has he is violating accepted boundaries in the way of life for Altamira, under the influence of doña Bárbara: “Opposing forces traverse land and people, dissolving moral boundaries and awakening transgressive desires, thereby revealing the arbitrary marks of colonizing authority” (Skurski 621). Santos’s ultimate goal is to introduce the city’s dominant cultural ideas and place them into the town of Altamira. Additionally, Santos wants to change the direction of the town, from barbaric into civilized, because new ideas are important for both elite and poor: “The goal of seeking new sources of creativity within the nation accorded new value …dimensions of life that were important to both pueblo and elite” (Skurski 626). Santos introduces new sources of creativity for Altamira by rejecting the stance and influence that doña Bárbara presents to him, with his ideas of modernization for Altamira. Given that during the time that Santos has been away, studying law in the city, doña Bábara has been ruling over the landscape: “Doña Barbara (Lady Barbarian) rules despotically through her knowledge of primitive

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