THE GENDER ROLE AND CULTURAL EXCEPTION IN LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA: A FEMINIST ANALYSIS
The purpose of the present study is to examine gender role and cultural exceptions in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Love in the Time of Cholera by using feminism as key theoretical framework. The novel is a captivating exploration of love and human emotions in a South American society, delving into the theme of gender roles and cultural norms. The story of the novel revolves around the protagonist, FlorentinoAriza, who embodies patriarchal attitudes as he relentlessly pursues FerminaDaza, disregarding her autonomy. However, Fermina challenges societal expectations and asserts her independence, representing feminine agency in the face of traditional constraints. The novel artfully intertwines cultural exceptions with gender dynamics, highlighting the influence of societal norms on the characters’ choices and behaviors. Using qualitative research method, the research concludes that Marquez’s literary masterpiece serves as a poignant commentary on the complexities of gender representation, offering a thought-provoking canvas to explore individual agency and the evolution of gender roles amidst changing times. Further, the research aims to contribute to feminist literary criticism and gender studies.