A Woman Scorn
In Isabel Allende’s story of “An Act of Vengeance” Allende weaves a twisted story of hate, love and retribution. Dulce Rosa was the beautiful daughter of the Senator Anselmo Orellano. Fighting took place in their town of Santa Teresa, where a man named Tadeo Cespeded murdered Anselmo and raped Dulce. From that point on, Dulce planted in her mind to one day grow up and kill the man who murdered her father. Thirty years later, Dulce and Tadeo meet for the first time since the murder and rape. They both fall in love with each other, and plan to get married. Two days before their marriage, Dulce kills herself because of the shame she feels for falling in love with her father’s killer and in doing that, dishes out a different kind of revenge. An independent woman is strong, but a woman scorned is deadly; even in a man’s world. In the days of Dulce Rosa, boys were the pride of their fathers. Boys would soon grow up to be strong men that could fight and defend the families honor. They would live on to hold their fathers mantle and name. Women were seen as weak and defenseless. Dolce was anything but. Most women, after living through what Dolce did, would curl up into a cocoon of their own making, and let life slip by without the single most acknowledgment. They would let a man take care of them and kiss away the pain of their past. Dulce did no such thing. With men all around her, and voices telling her that she should do this or do that, she set in her own mind her life’s path. She grew up independent and in control and more importantly, with a set goal in mind. Dulce was as strong minded as any man. Men rule the world. They get the best jobs and the highest pay. Men dominate. Women are weak and most stay away from the work force. When they do go to work, it is for far less pay than their male counterpart. Back in Dulces’ day, it was unheard of for a woman to be independent and strong. But that is what the story is all about; a strong woman in a...
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