Essay Evita by N Fraser and M Navarro and Child of the Dark by Caroline Maria De Jesus
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A comparison of the triumphs and troubles of the wife of powerful leader and a woman of poverty.
Both Evita and Maria, in Evita (by Nicholas Fraser and Marysa Navarro) and Child of the Dark (by Carolina Maria de Jesus), are products of a combination of both their times and circumstances as well as of their exceptional individual characters. The special circumstances of their lives challenged and drove them to accomplish what they did, forced them to do far more than they perhaps would have done in less challenging circumstances. Of course, there is no way to determine the dividing line between such internal and external forces, but clearly without a powerful inner drive to survive and succeed, neither woman would have overcome adverse circumstances. Both women were powerful characters, but Evita strikes this reader as a woman driven by vanity, while Maria seems to be a woman of great depth.