Environmental surroundings defining national identities
Trenholm, Megan Valentine
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Throughout this thesis, three books will be discussed: A Bagaceira by José Américo de Almeida, Iracema by José de Alencar, and A Senhora by José de Alencar as well. These works will be interlinked based on their principle female characters and how their feminine characteristics are always in comparison with their environmental surroundings. Because they all deal with the flora and fauna of a specific historic place based on where the specific story takes place, all of them also correspond with the search for a national identity. In addition to the search for a national identity, each female character exemplifies the Persephone - Demeter myth and cyclical events that pertain to fertility. All of these works attempt to center on ecofeminism and the search for a matrifocal society rather than a patriarchal society.