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Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Department of English

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Real Women Have Curves by Josefina Lopez - Discussion Guide



ANA --- 18, plump and pretty, sister of Estela, daughter of Carmen.

ESTELA --- 24, plump, plain-looking, owner of the "Garcia Sewing Factory".

CARMEN --- 48, short, large woman, mother of Ana and Estela.

PANCHA --- 32, a huge woman.

ROSALI --- 29, only a bit plump.


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Definition of a "Real Woman"

Body Consciousness (Weight, Food, Diet Pills)

Women's Roles

Images of Men (not so positive)

Love, Sexuality, Marriage

Friendship, Family, Aging

Code Switching/Intertwining Languages

Socio-Economic Structures

Legal/Illegal Aliens

Sweatshops (U.S./East Los Angeles)

Fear of La migra

Ambition & the Value of Money