The Eternal Quest for Feminine Identity: An Analysis of Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune

  • Anjely Aravindan Assistant Professor, Al-Azhar College of Arts and Science, Thodupuzha, Kerala, India
Keywords: Feminism, Latin American literature, Daughter of Fortune, Patriarchy, Isabel Allende, Self-discovery


The objective of this paper is to mirror the feminine quest for freedom, self-discovery, identity, revelation and the declaration of equal status along with their male counterparts in society. Hence, it does not justify the male domination which tries to establish a right to impose their will upon the fellow-creature. Feminism is a theory that investigates the various aspects of culture which are inherently patriarchal and the unequal treatment meted out to the women in the established sections of society. Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune points out the various aspects of feminism through the portrayal of the hostile atmosphere where the women strive for their eternal quest for freedom and self-identity. The paper also intends to analyze and explain the transition of a young girl into a powerful woman figure which is indicative of the inner strength and power of the living spirit which is inherited in each woman. Eliza acts as a representative who stands against the constricting forces of patriarchy. This points out the ability of the woman to come out of their cocoons to explore the world. It asserts the value of every woman’s self-identity. The paper analyses how the “quest” of Eliza turns out to be the quest of the woman folk for genuine freedom and self-identity.

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Aravindan, A. (2021). The Eternal Quest for Feminine Identity: An Analysis of Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune. Shanlax International Journal of English, 9(3), 57-60.