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Daughter of Fortune Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Hart has degrees in English literature and creative writing and writes primarily on literary themes. In this essay, Hart examines the symbolism surrounding the rebirth of Allende's female protagonist, Eliza.

Similar to the biblical story of Jonah and the whale, Isabel Allende throws her female protagonist Eliza into the darkest recesses of a sailing ship, forcing her young heroine to confront her innermost convictions. The challenge brings Eliza close to death, but she prevails and goes on to claim a new identity. Her journey, as told in Daughter of Fortune, takes her from South to North America as well as from adolescence to adulthood. It is a voyage rich in symbols of a developing woman who rebels against a confining patriarchy and then must fill the void with a new definition of self.

Allende is often referred to as the Latina proponent of feminism. Her stories are driven...

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