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B-ness Group Reflection

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2013 at 4:40 am

We’re group B-ness and our presentation was focused on the values of virginity in Latin American culture.

Summary of Ideas

-Virginity was valued in the Latin American culture for different reasons according to people’s ages, and this was reflected by how the different age groups reacted to Angela. Angela reflected her generation by losing her virginity and valuing the truth more than having honor. Her older brothers felt more duty bound and responsible for their younger sister. The older people like her mother, had no tolerance for this act without honor.

-A woman’s value often coincided with her social status, virginity, and wealth

-The Catholic religion valued virginity for it’s spiritual aspects and purity

-Many people in Latin America were Catholic, thus followed Catholic views and placed value in virginity

-Angela’s dress was a symbol of either femininity or marriage.

-When this dress was ripped up, it symbolized the violence or opposition towards what it symbolized.

-When the narrator stated that the “disaster had already been consummated,” he said it in the way that people usually refer to a marriage. Yet we do not know how it was consummated because only Pura Vicario knows what happened between the hours when Bayardo returned Angela and when the rest of the family awoke to find Angela at home.

-Colombian people had a hard time deciding between what they thought was morally correct versus what they believed to be religiously correct.

-People had a lot of different reactions to Angela being returned home, and it seemed that different people felt they had different responsibilities that they did not really want to follow through with. The twins felt the need to get back Angela’s honor although they tried to get people to stop them from killing Santiago. Bayardo was dejected, but he still returned Angela to her home. Angela’s mother beat Angela but she never told people what she did, almost as if she were ashamed of how bad she acted although during the moment she felt she had to punish her daughter.

-The narrator stated that there was nothing more humiliating in the eyes of the public than a bride being left at the altar. Yet wouldn’t the returning of a bride also be humiliating? The public eventually finds out why and how, thus this becomes a public affair as well.

Our obstacles during the group project included:

-We had a hard time with the timing aspect and tended to wait until the last minute.

-Organizing meetings together was difficult due to different schedules we had.

-The time given in class was also limited.

-We spent a lot of our time choosing a topic because we had so many ideas. This process didn’t allow us much class time to do the rest of the project. If we had just stuck with a topic we would have been fine but eventually we were all just spreading ourselves too thin.

-We would set assignments to do but a lot of the time people didn’t carry through and we were stuck with no material to work on.

-All of our schedules were really busy, and some people forgot meeting times

-In order to record our prezi presentation, we had trouble figuring out how to make the video and the processes in making the video; therefore, we had wasted our time.

We overcame many of our obstacles with these solutions:

-To organise our schedules we often emailed each other and utilized shared documents

-Because we were so short on time it was sometimes easier for us to split up the work and do things individually when our schedules allowed. We just made sure to do all of our work where other people could see it, so we were still coordinating with each other.

-We eventually figured out the technology by searching google for advice and directions

-We decided on a topic by voting for our favorites on google docs

Works Cited

Arriagada, Irma. “Changes and Inequality in Latin American Families.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies , Vol. 37, No. 4, FAMILIES IN THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES (AUTUMN 2006), pp. 511-537. JSTOR. Web. 5/1/2013.

Fitts, Alexandra. “The Persistence of Blood, Honor, and Name in Hispanic Literature: “Bodas de sangre and Crónica de una muerte anunciada”.” Confluencia , Vol. 22, No. 1 (Fall 2006), pp. 133-143. JSTOR. Web. 04/20/2013.

Jones, Robert. “Four Churches in One: Latin American Catholicism .” Christian Century, 22 Feb 1984. Web. 1 May 2013.

Lehfeldt, Elizabeth A. Religious Women in Golden Age Spain: The Permeable Cloister. Aldershot, Hants, England: Ashgate, 2005. Print.

McKendrick, Melveena. Woman and Society in the Spanish Drama of the Golden Age: A Study    of the Mujer Varonil. London: Cambridge University Press, 1974. Print.

Schlegel, Alice. “Status, Property, and the Value on Virginity.” American Ethnologist , Vol. 18, No. 4 (Nov., 1991), pp. 719-734. JSTOR. Web. 04/26/2013.

Streicker, Joel. “Sexuality, Power, and Social Order in Cartagena, Colombia.” Ethnology , Vol. 32, No. 4 (Autumn, 1993), pp. 359-374. JSTOR. Web. 04/26/13.

“The Role of the Catholic Church in Latin America.” Study Mode. N.p., July 2005. Web. 1 May 2013.

Roman, Yoselin . “Survey of Latin-American Culture Through Literature .” Yale University. Web. 1 May 2013.

Vermeersch, Arthur. “Virginity.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 1 May 2013

“Why Is Sex Before Marriage Wrong?” GW Catholics at the Newman Center. GW Catholics, 2013. Web. 1 May 2013.

Evaluation of Sources


     First of all, Religious Women in Golden Age Spain by Elizabeth Lehfeldt was a valuable source because it was a printed source, which suggested it had been evaluated through other people. This source was also available on a credible website called Jstore. In this source, the author is not trying to persuade anything but analyzing the roles in the society. The author of this book, Elizabeth Lehfeldt, is a Professor and Chair of the History Department in Cleveland State University. In her major, she focused on the religion, gender aspect of the society. Her topic of this book very relevant to her major. Therefore, we could positively suggest that this book is a good source to use due to all the information given above.

    The article Survey of Latin-American Culture Through Literature was a reliable source because of the research that supported all of the claims that the article made. Additionally, the credentials of the author are verified within the article. The information presented in the article was extremely relevant in regards to our topic and allowed us to draw conclusions from the article without directly adapting the article’s view.

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