For many years now women have made great changes in their lives. Women have come so far from the past when they were simply just property, to now being almost equal to men. In today 's society if a woman wants something she can get it, but does that include love? Love is such a broad topic that has been written about for so long now you would think there would not be anything left to be said. On the contrary, because women 's roles have changed so much there is a whole new topic of love to be addressed. Today 's women are not raised to get married, and have a family right away anymore. Instead they are raised to grow up to get an education and a career. So again, where does that leave love? Some women like in the poem “Heroics” by Julia Alvarez are stuck dreaming of love, but staying in their comfort zone because of the fear of getting hurt. Other women like Selena Gomez who sings the song “Revival” want to break out of that comfort zone, and shine bright as the sun, only because you have been hurt once before does not mean you will have to be hurt again.
In the poem “Heroics” by Julia Alvarez the speaker comes off as a strong, and educated individual. It is unclear who exactly may be speaking, but it is clear what they are speaking about, and their state of mind. The speaker understands where she stands in life, but she cannot help but notice that there is something missing that is making her feel melancholy. After searching for meaning from different sources like “god, and revolution in the third world”(Alvarez) she finally realizes that what she has been looking for all of this time was love. Although she does make you wonder how seriously she wants it because she does not ever mention anything about...
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...up learning that women can do anything in today’s world. Not that you cannot grow up like that in Latin countries, but it is a lot less common. Learning a little about both of their backgrounds teaches the readers possibly why they wrote what they did.
Love can be something that is hard to find and even more difficult to keep, both of these poems demonstrate that in their own unique way. Alvarez shows a woman who is in search of love, but not doing much to actually find it. Gomez creates a picture of a woman that has been hurt by love, but is not letting that stop her from living her life, and continuing to search for new love. There is no right way to search for love as a woman. Reading both poems can give women reassurance to other women feeling the same way. Love is such a common topic for poems in general, but that may only be because there is so much to learn.
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