Summary, in English
Isabel Allende is one of the most famous Latin American writers and since her first work was published in 1982, The House of the Spirits, her popularity has only increased. Allende is commonly referred to as one of the first writers of the Latin American post boom, with which Latin American literature once against experience an emphasize on ethics, instead of esthetics. This essay proposes that Allende writes with a feminist agenda, which is mirrored in the portraits of the female characters. The feminist agenda is characterized by concepts such as, freedom from oppression, the right to make independent decisions and equality between the genders. The analysis is carried out through a comparison of two of Allende’s novels: The House of the Spirits (1982) and Island Beneath the Sea (2009). From each novel three female characters are analyzed, and later on the two novels are compared with each other – both on terms of themes from the novels and the characters relation to the feminist agenda. It is concluded that Allende writes with a feminist agenda, and thus proving the hypothesis.