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The House Of The Spirits By Isabel Allende

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Social discrimination is the prejudicial and distinguishing treatment of an individual on the basis of their social class. It includes individual attitudes and behaviors, and systems of policies and practices that are set up to benefit the upper classes at the expense of the lower class. Isabel Allende uses the rigid class structure and the degree of social mobility in the country described in The House of the Spirits as a literary representation of the social discrimination that occurred in Latin American cultures during the 20th century. This period witnessed the growth of two classes—the landowning, upper class criollos represented by the del Valle and Trueba families (a person born and raised in South America but is a direct descendant of Spaniards) who control the land, housing, and the infrastructure and the peasants represented by the Garcia family who are tenants that till the land. Allende establishes the social discrimination of the poor workers who have little access to education or political enfranchisement by the educated elite. That control businesses and politics through the depiction of the absolute power, and control Esteban Trueba has over the peasant’s living in Tres Marias. His tyrannical rule over the hacienda is a microcosm of the social discrimination in larger society. The economic, educational, and physical subjugations of the peasants by the upper class undermine their social mobility due to their lack of access to money, education, and political influence. This deliberate preservation of social inequality through discriminatory practices against the lower class not only creates a permanent underclass whose opportunities in life are dictated far more by circumstance of birth, but culminates in the dehumanization and degradation of those born in poverty.
Esteban implements a voucher system on his hacienda as a substitute for monetary compensation. With these vouchers, the tenants could buy everything from the general store he sets up on the property. By refusing to pay the peasants in wages, he is intentionally perpetuating the inequality between classes through financial impairment and dependency. Since the peasants are paid with vouchers instead of money, they are completely dependent on Esteban for food and supplies. In addition to this dependency, the peasants can only buy the products that Esteban provides since he owns and stocks the general store. Without money, the peasants lack the means to leave Tres Marias since they would be unable to afford transportation, food, clothing, a place to live, or running water and would essentially live in squalor. The voucher system also prevents the peasants from obtaining enough monetary funds to send their children away from Tres Marias to become educated and have greater opportunities than remaining farmers or housekeepers for the Trueba family, resulting in the continued cycle of poverty. This lack of economic power forces them to not only remain in the lower class since...

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