Patriarchy with Rosaries
Why is God instantly assumed a male in our and previous societies? The novel “Across a hundred mountains” by Reyna Grande consists of tragedy surrounding the Garcia family. Juana Garcia along with her mother must endure the absence of her Father that left to the United States to support them. As time passes by, the father fails to return leaving Juana and her mother vulnerable to poverty, abuse, and loss of faith. Juana impatient for the return of her father ventures to the Tijuana, and then the United States in search for her father, evidently taking dual identities of a fallen friend that at the cost of her life, allowed Juana to push forward the search for her father. In this Essay, it will talk about the issues Patriarchy, and the Cultural Religious figures in the novel regarding to the loss of faith focusing on Amá.
The novel “Across a Hundred Mountains” is plagued with patriarchy in every place the story takes place. The hint of patriarchy starts very early, since the beginning of the story when Juanita was taking care of her sister. All Juanita wanted was for her father to return, she as well as her Ama needed the “Man” of the house her father. The novel states a brief picture of what was going on when Juana was battling with a fatherless household and the scene going on “Thunder shook the walls, making the bamboo sticks rattle like wet bones” (Across a Hundred Mountains, 6). Juanita and Ama are left hoping for the door to open at any moment to see the emergence of Apa(her father), that leads to the belief that only the male can come to the rescue and bring them to a safer place. The way they handle the situation is the society, beliefs and culture the ladies were born into, relying on a male figure and sticking to that belief. Ama’s and Juana’s attitude toward this reflects, in addition a quote from Tatum’s book states what Helena Viramontes describes a Mexican/Chicano family, which traces its beliefs...