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Gender Roles in The Tree of Red Stars Researched critcal essay on views of gender in Latin American lit specifically The Tree of Red Stars Includs bibliography MLA format Gender roles are a major point of interest in modern literature The way men and women act and interact as well as their characterizations can set a mood and era or give some insight into the novel itself Authors can choose traditional roles or allow themselves the freedom to break new ground Tree of Red Stars author Tessa Bridal placed her characters firmly within traditional gender roles in order to both delineate the culture in which the story is set and to add some depth to Magdas character In her critical study The Fiction of Sex Rosalind Miles lays out some of the attributes of traditional masculine and feminine roles For women these attributes include sensitivity insight into relationships perception of details submission or resignation to their life subjectivity and involvement Masculine traits include brutality the ability to dominate detachment and objectivity 34 In Tree of Red Stars these traits are seen in many of the characters Both Marco and Magda fall into these stereotypes from the beginning of the novel Magda as narrator definitely has a feminine view of the world She pays attention to the details and very often has insights into relationships and situations that appear to be beyond her years Marco on the other hand continually hides his emotions from Magda leaving her unsure of where she stands in his heart When we are first introduced to Marco we have Magda presenting us with her very detailed description He was so handsome that he intimidated meI knew only that in Marco Aurelio Pereiras presence I felt inadequate and plainBridal 86-87 Later in that same paragraph we find that he found her as entrancing but Magda does not find this out until much later She states He gave no sign of
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