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The Road Less Traveled Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem are familiar names that epitomize the feminist movement Although these women exist in flesh and bone literary figures are also able to capture feministic personalities In the novels Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende self-actualization is achieved through the female characters development of independence nonconformity and courage Given these attributes a number of noteworthy women in both novels are able to overcome their antagonist The stories begin during the characters youthful days venture off as their development as adolescents surface and further adjust once their teenage skin sheds and their adulthood begins Throughout these years Allendes female characters Clara Blanca and Alba allow their lives to take its course with its share of ups and downs Esquivel uses similar means in the introduction and maturity of her exemplary characters Tita and Gertrudis The similarity between these influential women is simple and precise - their independence Although conceived as an elegant discreet and charming lady Clara is anything but Throughout her marriage with Esteban she diverges herself from a crowd of shallow politicians and focuses on her own aspirations After running everything under his own agenda Estebans ruling hand backfires when he realizes that Clara is not like an ignorant peasant from Tres Marias but a truly talented and intelligent woman It is not until the day of her death that he acknowledges her strength and importance but when I lay down next to her on the bed I saw that we were almost the same size Allende 293 Blanca and Alba demonstrate their independence equally yet unlike Clara Opposite to their upbringing Blanca and Alba understand love for what it really is something felt withinlove is blind While Esteban learns the ways of the wealthy placing a price on everything he encounters his daughter and granddaughter stray from artificiality and although through deceitful
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