Eva Peron Essay

2465 Words Nov 4th, 2012 10 Pages
Maria Eva Duarte de Peron y La Razon por Su Vida

At 8:25pm on the 26th day of July in 1952, all of Argentina clutched their chests in shock. They had just been told by President Juan Peron that their beloved and revered Evita had passed away. While the masses wept in her memory a select few mourned her death with celebratory toasts of champagne. Nevertheless, the Argentine streets were lined with mourners and flowers from the moment her death was announced until her funeral on August 11th. Eva defied stereotypes and her memory is forever embedded in the foundations of Latin American social reform. Transcending her life was her myth and transcending her myth was her love of her husband, Argentine President Juan Peron and of the Argentine
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The two carried on a closed-door relationship that was eventually made public by several appearances at political events. Eva's public presence made it difficult for Peron's military colleagues to accept her. The Buenos Aires elite did not understand the interest Peron took in Eva -- they felt her upbringing and reputation made her unfit to be of any value in their society. But as Juan and Eva's relationship grew more serious, Eva allowed her career to take a backseat to Juan's political endeavors (Evita: The Woman Behind the Myth). In 1945, Juan Peron was arrested at the order of the Argentine President, Augustine Justo, for his part in a large protest by the working class Argentine's known as the Descamisados, meaning the shirtless ones (Evita: The Woman Behind the Myth). Eva stood by Peron's side and recalls the political unrest of of October 1945 and Peron's arrest on page 39 of her autobiography, La Razon de Mi Vida:
"That week of October, 1945, is a week of many shadows and of many lights. It would be better if we did not come too close.., we should look at it again from farther away. However, this does not impede me from saying, with absolute frankness and in anticipation of what I will someday write in more detail, that the light came only from the people" (Peron 39).
Eva felt assured that even though Juan Peron was wrestling with political turmoil, with the support of the working class behind him, things

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