My I.S. compares three novels by Isabel Allende: The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, and Portrait in Sepia. Allende has said that she uses her fiction to critique and therefore improve her society and to give voice to those who are traditionally silenced. In my thesis, I examine the romantic relationships portrayed in each of these novels to see how they support Allende's social critique of gender inequality and social hierarchies based on class and ethnicity. As a whole, these three novels propose egalitarian romantic relationships that give women more power and allow for more equality between people of different social classes and ethnicities.


Hayward, Jenna

Second Advisor

Palmer, Cynthia


English; Spanish


Comparative Literature | Latin American Literature

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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