Josefina lopez introduces the father and the mother of Maria as a hardworking couple looking for a better life. Ricardo moves to the US and begins his arduous work of saving money to bring his family from Mexico. Once he is able to do so, Maria and Carmen both move with Ricardo and start their new life in the US. It is important to highlight that they are a very tradition oriented couple, which in this case means, the male of the house brings the food to the table and the female takes care of the house and the children. As the story progresses Maria, who keeps in her head what his dad once told her “ You can work hard to be just as good as anybody. You can be anything you want to be!” (Simply Scene 6). Maria holds to these words from his father very dearly. Mistakenly thinking her parents are supportive of her, she tells them her plans to go to college and be someone out there. Ricardo and Carmen take these news in a very negative manner and immediately shut her ideas down and tell her she should be just like the traditional Mexican woman.
RICARDO. Why don 't you ...
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... house and find out who she is, what she wants, and her role in society.
Maria and Nora left their homes in search of more opportunities and self discovery, although their social context has many differences, there is common ground at the heart of the the role women play in society and the past and current gender barriers imposed on them. They are both radical examples of two movements towards the redefinition of what it means to be a woman. Ibsen and Lopez introduce the ideas of non-conformism and redefinition of gender roles, by two different styles of writing, one inclines more towards a formal straight forward storytelling and the other with a much more satirical approach, nevertheless; both themes are clear. Women have been boxed in a set of rules and traditions to which they should not conform, women are just as good as any men and should be treated as equals.
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