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Rosario Ferr uses dolls in her writing to symbolize the methods in which society holds down women in Puerto Rico as well as throughout the world In The Youngest Doll Ferr sets the precedent that dolls are equal to the maiden aunts nieces by stating The aunt had continued to increase the size of the dolls so that the height and other measurements conformed to those of each of the girls Ferr 483 The methods in which the aunt prepares the doll such as Then she would make a wax mask of the childs face covering it with plaster on both sides like a living face wrapped in two dead ones 483 re-entrench the concept that it is not only men but women who view the female in a diminished sense This is further developed when the aunt states She would reassure the grooms by explaining to them that the doll was merely a sentimental ornament of the kind that people used to place on the lid of grand pianos in the old days 484 This contradiction while subliminal demonstrates the primary objective of Ferr that women are viewed as objects that have no pragmatic value essentially on earth as a toy Also the manner in which Ferr describes characters shows the manner in which she feels women are treated in society Specifically the fact that not a single character or doll is given a personal name throughout the story exemplifies the idea that women are just viewed as objects and not people Thus because Ferr shows women to be viewed as objects and shows this with the dolls as well the author believes women to be held down by society 2 Isabel Allende uses magical realism throughout The Little Heidelberg to enrich the theme of love can exist without verbal communication This is first shown when Allende writes They The Captain and Eloisa had not missed a step once in forty years they
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