Essay Topic 1
Fuentes writes that Frida is intimately linked with Mexican history. He compares her physical pain to Mexico's "bloody" traumas. He also writes that she was born with the Revolution and "both mirrors and transcends the central event of twentieth-century Mexico." What evidence does Fuentes offer to support this statement? Is there any evidence of this in the Diary itself, or the pages that Frida created? Do you agree or disagree with Fuentes' statement? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Fuentes writes that Frida conceives of "beauty as truth and self-knowledge. as becoming -- devenir -- [which] requires unblinking courage and is Kahlo's great legacy to the marginal, the invisible men and women of an increasingly faceless, anonymous planet..." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? How do you believe that Frida understands beauty? What evidence can you find for this in Sarah M. Lowe's introduction? What can you...
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