Chess by Rosario Castellanos

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Never Ending World War Throughout history, war has been a major issue in the world. There have been wars between various countries, civil wars, and even wars that have involved nearly the entire world. At the end, the side with the most power and strategy exit the quarrel victorious. What most people take for granted, are the wars that occupy our society on a daily basis. The wars that involve people in their community; the women who is getting paid less that her male co-worker for doing the exact same job, the man who is simply walking down the street and is treated like a criminal because of his race, or the teenager who is too scared to let the world know about his sexuality because he is afraid of being ostracized. In Rosario Castellanos’ poem, Chess, it is revealed how these individuals, and groups, live through their very own war against society, and how they prepare and struggle to overcome them. There are always multiple variables holding them at a steady position in the social ladder; variables with more power, according to the norms of society. Once they can accept the fact that there must be a shift of power in order to create change, that is when the true struggle will begin and the match between the opposing teams will have finally commenced! The game of chess is not an easy one to master. The two players must contain a great deal of passion and dedication. The reason why Castellanos titles her poem Chess seems to be because of the back and forth struggle to win and persevere. When playing the “game,” both opponents are equal and away from the norms of society. In Tey Diana Rebolledo’s book, The Chronicles of Panchita Villa and other Guerrilleras, the essay entitled Game Theory explains just that, “…it suspends traditional rules and conventions, both sides are equal—there is no victim/oppressor relationship. The game, with players being equal,
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