Feb 6, 2015
A woman who rewrote her own ending
Reyna Grande 's novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, focuses on the dynamic of the development and rethinking of the concept of a traditional Latino patriarchal family built up around male dominance. In low income and uneducated cultures, there are set of roles that throughout time have been passed by from generation to generation. These gender roles most often consist of the men being the breadwinner for the family. While the women stay home to cook, clean, and raise the children. Women are treated as possessions with limited rights and resources. Throughout the novel, Grandes challenges gender roles in the story of a young woman named Juana who, despite all adversity, fights stereotypes and is able to rewrite her own ending.
Grande introduces to the audience various characters that cross Juana 's path to either alter or assist her on her journey to find her father. Through those individuals, Grande offers a strong comparison of female characters who follow the norms, versus those that challenge gender roles that are set by society. Through them, the readers can see how those who try to subdue the norm, and either fail or thrive being ridiculed and presured by the public. Juana lives in a small poor town in Mexico, where people don 't have a lot of opportunities to go up the social class ladder. In this town wealthy people pass down their wealth to their offspring and impoverished people remain field workers, housewives or beggars. Along with the passing down of wealth or traditions is the old-fashioned mindset of roles that men and women are subjected to. Women are to depend on their husbands, they are not given the same oppor...
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... their lives to play out. If Adelina had not met Don Ernesto and pursued and education, she would not have met Sebastian. Adelina was exposed to different lifestyles and believes, that she had not been exposed to back at home. Juana was able to leave the stereotypical gender roles that were forced on her by the society that she lived in. Realized that women had the same opportunities as men to pursue and education and fight for what they believe and right their own endings. It is through her perseverance and determination that she was able to break away from those roles that chained her down. Being an educated woman, with a well paid job in a society that does not subject women or men to sertain roles, that she is able to rewrite her own ending for herself.
Grande, Reyna. Across a Hundred Mountains. New York: Washington Square Press. 2006. Print.
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