What Is The Theme Of Identity In So Far From God?

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With a title like So Far From God, I held high expectations that this book would send me on a roller coaster of emotions ranging from sorrow for the tragedies of the characters to inspiration strengthening my own religion while whetting my appetite for the Spanish culture. During the first hundred pages of this book, though, I grew disappointed that my high expectations hadn’t been met. I finally came across a revelation when I stopped blaming my lack of engagement on the author’s writing style. When I took a step back to look at the novel from a perspective outside of my own culture, I can see how other cultures would embrace this mystical Hispanic folklore. So Far From God speaks to the state of humanity by giving a Hispanic twist to the …show more content…
At first, the constant use of bilingual language may not seem pertinent, as a readers can use context clues to understand the meaning of the sentence without being knowledgeable of what the Spanish words mean. However, even if these words aren’t understood, they are still a significant means for preserving identity in the novel. One example of this, which was discussed in class, can be found in the “dicho debate” between Sofi’s estranged husband and neighbor in Chapter Nine. The two bantered back and forth, countering each other with Spanish adages. One of the most culturally relevant proverb can be translated through how the neighbor remarked upon their unsatisfactory situation by saying, “We are like beans boiling, some going up and some going down” (Castillo 143). On the other hand, Sofi’s youngest daughter, Loca, is judged by her lack of …show more content…
Perhaps this struggle can be set up as the main idea of the entire novel when Castillo writes that Sophia lived in a world where “women went out into the bigger world and came back disappointed, disillusioned, devastated, and eventually not at all” (152). Caridad is the epitome of feminism as her first failed relationship leads to the coping vices of alcohol and anonymous one night stands. After barely surviving the near fatal mutilation of rape, the clairvoyant premonitions and ascetic lifestyle she follows earn her the esteemed reputation of a saint, but she once again succumbs to her carnal downfalls and kills herself because she is convinced that she loses everyone she loves. Esperanza, the radical activist who is more outspoken in her involvement with the outside world, responds to her relationship failure by relocating to a job offer as a news reporter on the battle grounds of the Gulf war and is subsequently taken captive and killed. Fe’s proud ambitious work ethic causes her to strive to rise above her family’s culture, but instead causes her to become a puppet in the corporate regime of the abusive factory job that eposes her to the cancer-causing poisonous chemicals that kill her. This eco-imperialism takes

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