La Llorona Essay

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La Llorona According to legend, during the Colonial era, a woman used to cry screams of anguish “¡Ay, mis hijos!”. Every midnight, her wailing ghost dressed in white used to disappear among the mist of the rivers. This legend could have originated from the story of a woman who had three children with a Spanish gentleman, but he married a Spanish lady. Upon knowing this, la Llorona lost her mind and drowned her three children, then committing suicide. Since then, her soul wails for them. Another version indicates la Llorona is the soul of La Malinche, who suffers for having betrayed Mexicans during the Conquest. Long years ago in a humble little village there lived a fine looking girl. Some say she was the most beautiful girl in the world! And because she was so beautiful, she thought she was better than everyone else. As she grew older, her beauty increased And her pride in her beauty grew too When she was a young woman, she would not even look at the young men from her village. They weren't good enough for her! "When I marry," Maria would say, "I will marry the most handsome man in the world." She fell in love with a rich Spanish nobleman, and together they had three children. The girl married the nobleman, but he was force to marry a woman of his noble wealth. He told her his parents will take away his inheritance if he did not marry such woman from Spain. The girl was determined to have the nobleman for her own, so she drowned her children to prove her love to him. But still he would have none of her and married another. Mad with grief, the girl walked along the river, weeping and calling for her children. But they were gone. So she drowned herself. For her crime, her spirit was condemned to wander the waterways, weeping and searching for her children until the end of time. It was said that whenever the wailing woman appears, someone will die. But the

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