Masculinity and Interaction with Women

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Masculinity and Interaction with Women Masculinity is portrayed by Esteban Trueba in The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende and Colonel Aureliano Segundo in One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez through their interactions with women characters. These two similar characters show their personalities by the way they act within their communities. Esteban Trueba is a very aggressive character that seeks potential in creating a prosperous environment for his family. He is very violent to all that come in contact with his presence, but not in all situations. Any arrogant character such as Esteban has a flaw in their actions. Clara is his one love and he is obsessed with her. This does not restrain him from releasing his anger upon her. He is also very sympathetic to his granddaughter Alba, which he grows close relations with. Esteban is similar to that of the character in One Hundred Years of Solitude, Colonel Aureliano Buendia. The Colonel is not motivated by anyone and does seem to mind his own solitude. He is also carrying a weak, caring side within his unconcerned personality. Remedios Mascote, his child bride, is the only character that affects him in his life. Colonel Aureliano is deeply affected by the setting of the novel and that helps develop his response toward women. Esteban was always neglected by his sister Ferula. She would always try to bring his morale down by insulting the very instinct that made him stand out as a man. Ferula never admired her brother and would “keep him down” and “make him feel guilty” (Allende 43). Esteban would not accept the unjust treatment from his sibling. He decided to do what men of the house are obligated to do: go to work and be independent. Esteban found that “... ... middle of paper ... ... Esteban Trueba in House of the Spirits and Colonel Aureliano Buendia in One Hundred Years of Solitude are developed through the interactions made with the women that they meet in their lives and in family. Both characters are portrayed as being troubled by the ability to love and show affection to those who rely on them. Esteban Trueba releases his love in an effort to make him noticed to Clara. Colonel Aureliano Buendia is also a masculine character that learns the ways of respecting women through learning values from Ursula. Word Count: 1234 Works Cited Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits. Trans. Magda Bogin. New York: Perennial Classics, 1993. Print Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. Trans. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Bantam, 1993. Print
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