Complete 2 page APA formatted essay: Possibility of agency in modern literature.Possibility of agency in modern literature:Father Jean Marie Latour from Cather’s novel is a character who is empowered
Complete 2 page APA formatted essay: Possibility of agency in modern literature.
Possibility of agency in modern literature:
Father Jean Marie Latour from Cather’s novel is a character who is empowered enough to affect his life. He plans his life his way and regularly governs his actions. The corrupt Mexican priests attempt to defy him, but Father Latour exercises his authority and defeats them eventually. Many themes have been explored in regards to this novel from violence to religion to race to hypocrisy, but I see it as a story exemplifying battle of individuality vs. conformity. This is because the characters are engaged in a relentless struggle to win individuality. When Cather writes, “In New Mexico he always awoke a young man.” (293), Father Latour’s agency is demonstrated. The idea that New Mexico makes him feel young and free demonstrates his liberty and freedom. He refuses to conform to the traditional ideals of New Mexico society. Rather, he tries to affect his live by making his own decisions. Magdalena is another character of free will from the novel. She shines as a strong and independent nun after having her corrupt husband arrested for homicide. She rejects the notion of submission to men at all costs and living in turmoil. She wins a certain degree of agency in her life due to her own actions. We see that the idea of control in her life helps her grow beautiful as Cather writes, “A handsome woman she had grown to be, with her comely figure and the deep claret colour under the golden brown of her cheeks”.