Essay on Women in Latin America

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Women in Latin America were expected to adhere to extreme cultural and social traditions and there were few women who managed to escape the burden of upholding these ridiculous duties, as clearly shown in “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. First, Latin American women were expected to uphold their honor, as well as their family's honor, through maintaining virtue and purity; secondly, women were expected to be submissive to their parents and especially their husbands; and lastly, women were expected to remain excellent homemakers. One of the most prominent expectations of women in Latin America, and certainly the main idea surrounding “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”, is the idea that women should be pure, maintaining their virginity,…show more content…
To further accentuate her deceitfulness, Angela dared put on a white dress and veil on her wedding day when those items were reserved solely for virgin brides. Just as Angela was not responsible for choosing her husband, she was also not responsible for restoring her and her family's honor. The burden landed on her twin brothers, the men of the family. Ironically enough, prior to Angela's parents accepting Bayardo's efforts in pursuing their daughter, they were highly disapproving of a music box he left on their door step intended as a birthday gift for Angela. Angela's parents were so disapproving that they sent their twin sons to return the gift to Bayardo San Roman. Angela, among the majority of Latin American women, were not even allowed to accept gifts from a man who was not their husband or fiance in fear that it would seem as if dishonorable behavior was commencing. Secondly, women in Latin America- especially young women- were expected to be submissive to their husbands and to their parents. A prime example of the submissive nature women were expected to uphold is the fact that Angela was forced into a loveless marriage by her family and her suitor. From the moment Bayardo San Roman saw Angela Vicario and said “When I wake up, remind me that I am going to marry her”, her fate had been sealed and she had no say in the
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