The Portrayal Of Women In The Novels "One Hundred Years Of Solitude" By Gabriel Marquez And "The House Of The Spirits" By Isabel Allende


The Portrayal of Women in the Novels "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by
Gabriel Marquez and "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende
The portrayal of women in the novels One Hundred years of Solitude
and The House of the Spirits differs greatly. In One Hundred Years of
Solitude empowerment comes only through age, for instance Ursula Iguaran,
the matriarch of the Buendia family and to some extent Macondo, or through
strength of sexuality, for instance Pilara Tenera the ‘sexual matriarch' of
Macondo. This is in contrast with The House of the Spirits where
empowerment comes also through force of conviction, as seen with Nivea, and
also through commercial enterprise as seen with Transito ...

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standing to women. As a woman aged, her position in the social hierarchy
would increase. Furthermore women had few career choices; all were linked
to some form of domestic service whether solely as a wife and mother or as
a nanny or a combination. Religion played a very important role in this
predominantly catholic area. The role of women as portrayed by the church
was somewhat of a paradox, simultaneously acknowledging and praising women
for the gift of child bearing and yet depicting them as the root of all sin,
as the temptress inducing thoughts of fornication as well as causing the
original sin, that being Adam eating the fruit in the ‘Garden of Eden'.
Despite Marquez's well documented anticlericalism this idea in
church ideology of the temptress is paralleled in One Hundred Years of
Solitude albeit the figure of Eve in her roles is split between the
matriarchs of Macondo namely Pilar Tenera and Ursula Iguaran. In the
beginning of One hundred years of solitude: ...

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