The fight for freedom has been in constant struggle not only in America but in other places all over the world. Manuel Rivas, Spanish author, was born and raced with parents and grandparents who fought and struggled to obtain some freedoms in Coruña, Spain with the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Their struggles for liberties were translated into many of Rivas pieces of writing. The time period before Rivas was a scares time known as the Red Terror, many died and many more were ripped of their rights to speak out or act out on the scares of death.
I explore the experiences that Rivas’s family went through that affected him personally in what he chose to write, and how he connected this internal family experience and Spain’s own history with his writing to make it come to life. Manuel Rivas was one of the very first authors to write about Red Terror in his writing and while examining his writing in La Lengua de las Mariposas we can see how the characters in his writing pay a very high price for liberty, in order to keep their family intact they must compromise their moral beliefs.
Crystal Garcia, ’17
Sponsor: Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour