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Rosario Ferré (Ponce, 1942) is one of the best known and most recognized Latin American writers of the twentieth century. Always focused in the two main topics that conform her work -- Puerto Rico and the role of women in the society of the island-- her characters enjoy a temperamental strength. Her literature has always been based on the redefinition of the tradition and that is what she shows in three of her best known short stories: “Amalia”, “El regalo” and “La muñeca menor”. These three narrations are directed not only to an adult reader, but to a younger audience in a continuous attempt to show the need for education to be the main weapon for the reaffirmation of women in society as non-dependent beings of their husbands, fathers and/or sons. Rosario Ferré not only employs the same topics for adults and children, but she also changes what should be expected from a traditional tale and proposes a new role for women within the traditional patriarchal society.