October, 4th, 2006
The Balboa and Florinda Flip Flop
In the novel The Moon Will Forever be a Distant Love By Luise Humberto Crosthwaite we see a transition in the rolls, characterization and way of life of the two main characters Conquistador Balboa and his lovely wife Florinda. Through out the story we see these two important characters change completely from what they once were into almost the exact opposite of their entire personality
When the book starts off Balboa is a strong man, a conquistador, a provider for his loved one and he considers it a point of pride, when he gets laid off, he sees the option to go to "New Spain" and continue to be a proud conqueror and be able to provide for his wife Florinda. His main goal was to seek out a life of happiness with Florinda as shown by Crosthwaite in his novel The Moon Will Forever be a Distant Love "Seeking happiness: that's what its all about" (Crosthwaite 19) He seems to be one of those strong jawed individuals that you could really put your back against and expect him not to move. Someone reliable which is why I believe Florinda was drawn too him.
Florinda seems like the stereotypical fantasy world girl, she sees (I believe so) Balboa as her Knight in shining armor, and that as long as she is with him that everything will be ok. "Conquistador Balboa: are there not traces of magic in his name? Does it not shine; does his image not gleam in one's head like damp earth?" (Crosthwaite 25) She seems flighty and a little out there in terms of how she perceives reality. Not to suggest that she is dumb, rather that she seems narrow-minded in her quest for the man of her dreams to sweep her of her feet
At the point where Balboa gets fired, he and Florinda decide to go off to New Spain to make their lives. They take a bus too the new land and upon arrival they go to Balboa's Aunt and Uncle's house. Upon their arrival, and after the formalities are gone through, Balboa's aunt,... [continues]
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