Maria Candelaria Comparison Paper

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If you ask a person to describe love, chances are they are going to give you a very romantic, very sweet reply. Even the bible has a lovely, poetic description of love, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV) In reality, love is none of those things. As a matter of fact, the true description of love is much darker, much less romantic or poetic than the common perception. Truth is, love is an inescapable trap. In Maria Candelaria and Doña Flor and her two husbands you have two couples, (Maria Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael) and (Doña Flor and Vadinho), who have every reason not to be with one another, persisting to be together despite all opposition. Why? The alternative is much worse. Maria Candelaria has many reasons not to be with Lorenzo Rafael. Maria Candelaria is a very attractive, flower salesperson in the indigenous town of Xochimilco Mexico. A woman with her beauty could be with any man of her choosing. She could have chosen a man with money, power and influence such as Mr. Damian, the town’s shop owner. Mr. Damian unsuccessfully courted Maria Candelaria and subsequently became her worst enemy. She could have been with a wealthy artist in a nearby town who desperately wanted to paint her. Instead, Maria Candelaria chose to be with Lorenzo Rafael, a poor vegetable salesman who had nothing to offer her except a hut, a runt of a sow and his undying love and devotion. Although Maria Candelaria was a beautiful woman with options for male suitors, being with her was just as challenging for Lorenzo Rafael as it was for Maria to be with him.
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