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Their inability to recognize the truth is precisely a result of their traumatic loss of social power due to U. The absence of the fatherly figure intersects with my use of the orphan trope, but I engage with how the orphan trope continues colonial patterns. Whereas the aforementioned authors do acknowledge the colonial mentality of the Burkhart sisters, none of them incorporate a frame- work of trauma to understand precisely why these girls maintain their Europeanness.
However, I am particularly interested in how race, gender, and class intersect as a result of trauma. To that end, their self-immolation is not a catharsis as Tamara Holzapfel interprets it , but rather an affirmation of a colonial mindset highlighting Whiteness and Europeanness that the sisters would rather die to maintain than attempt to integrate them- selves into a new society.
Finally, I also introduce the orphan trope as a way to think about identity: specifically how orphans who no longer have an affiliation to their colonial past continue to still uphold it and frustrate mestizaje in the process.
Orphanhood and trauma are a likely pairing. Piotr Sztompka defines changes as potentially traumatogenic when they are sudden, comprehensive, fundamental, and unexpected Orphanhood, without necessarily having to, fits within all four of these traits. As a result, the women in the text feel unprepared and abandoned, unable to cope with the larger societal changes around them.
The trauma adversely affects the mood of the women characters: they become pessimistic regard- ing the future while nostalgic about the past. In Los soles truncos the Burkhart sisters lock themselves inside their house, resigned and helpless. The traumas occur not only on a personal level in the drama, but also on a cultural level. Indeed, the social and racial situations of these characters intersect with their roles as sisters, daughters, and women who are courted and abandoned.
The collectivity in Los soles truncos refers to the decaying bourgeoisie that remains apart from society even though resistance to U. In place of solidarity, the bourgeoisie opts to victimize themselves. This further fragments society in the process. They leave others to suffer alone as they restrict solidarity Alexander 1. Furthermore, in order to cope, affected people respond to trauma with various reactions.
To be certain, Robert Merton describes a typology of five typical post- traumatic adaptations: conformity, innovation, rebellion, ritualism, and retreatism For the purpose of Los soles truncos our focus will pertain to ritualism, turning or rather returning to estab- lished traditions and routines, and cultivating them as safe hideouts to deflect cultural trauma Sztompka Trauma drives the self-destruction of upper class criolla women which in turn mark them as counterproductive to building a national consciousness.
Yet because of the multiple traumas that take place, the orphans do not challenge a master-text. That is to say, they are too traumatized to break from the paternalism, linearity, and atavistic genealogy that characterize colonial society. In fact, they aim to maintain it as a vestige of their past. This rein- forces a nostalgic yearning for origin, both colonial and familial, in order to make sense of the shift in power that takes place around the orphan sisters.
The dissolution of colonial power means that The Unwilling Orphan 9 solitude and isolation, instead of community, becomes the primary reference for the subject which leads to or reaffirms a weakening of community. This is played out through the trauma that haunts these women. A destabilizing force, trauma is helpful to understand why orphans are not necessarily embracing the rootlessness afforded to them and creating their own narratives.
The individual subject, failing to process her loss and abandonment, becomes too entrenched in not belong- ing to identify with a larger community. The Burkhart sisters experience a double orphan- ing in that both parents die in addition to a metaphorical orphaning from their Europeanness.
Thus it can be difficult to distinguish per- sonal from cultural traumas as the two are inextricably linked in Los soles truncos.
The wane of bourgeois power after U. That is to say, as the plantocracy suffers, so does the nation. Since no historical event necessarily qualifies in itself as a cultural trauma Smelser 35 , and since cultural traumas are historically constructed Smelser 37 , it follows that this sentiment of loss and abandonment is not a comprehensive cultural trauma that affects all insular groups equally. Furthermore, the trau- mas do not consider how U.
Also a novelist and essayist, he often com- bines political and psychological themes Cypress Although he staunchly rejected U. To understand the societal transformations taking place in Los soles truncos, one must look at the initial goals of the U. In the s, a period that saw the early stages of movement for reform, the educational system in U. Senator and annexationist Celso Barbosa. Culturally, Afro-Puerto Rican music genres such as the plena, danza and bomba were more accepted among citizens, though not without detractors Zenon Cruz , As the U.
It is because of these developments that one is able to posit that the criollo trauma was not universal on the island. For the Burkhart sisters, the realization that their Europeanness is no longer relevant, whether due to U.
The result creates disjuncture between the criollo and Afro-Puerto Rican sectors because the yer- batera transgresses racial hierarchies and blocks matrimony. She is the voiceless home wrecker without a side to the story; Hortensia is the traumatized victim unable to overcome the event with whom the spectator empathizes.
Were their engagement to come to fruition, the union between Hortensia and the Spanish lieutenant would represent a reinforced link between the Burkhart family and Spain. Their status as elites would also be reaffirmed, as the marriage would be the ideal culmination to her privileged lifestyle that kept her separated from the Afro-Puerto Rican masses save for the family servant and provided her a European education.
Of German and Spanish descent, Hortensia Burkhart would only add to her European legacy through marriage with a European, as opposed to a criollo. The first part of the quote focuses on a Celtiberian lineage that subdues any idea that the family might have North African blood.
The lieutenant, the imperial White in this situa- tion, obviously does not seem as concerned with genealogy because he fathers a mulatto baby. This fact suggests two changes: racial purity has become more important to criollos than to imperial Whites, which signifies that colonial models remain firmly in place even as their precedents change.
Therefore, the criollos need to reaffirm their lineage as they constantly try to prove themselves hierarchically equal to imperial Whites, which they are not. Secondly, criollo women of the plantocracy are no longer considered superior partners to Afro-Puerto Ricans. In fact, the Spanish lieutenant equates Hortensia, who throughout her life distinguishes herself from the popular classes, with the Afro-Puerto Rican yerbatera. While Afro-Puerto Ricans reconfigure social hierarchies alongside imperial Whites, the sisters adhere to a colonial ethos as they segregate themselves from Afro-Puerto Rican sectors.
As racial and economic change envelops the island, their reclusion becomes more pronounced; the sisters do not want an egalitarian society at their own expense. The Burkhart sisters are so characterized by their Europeanness that it is difficult to align them with Puerto Rico.
Their German last name distinguishes them as foreigners on their native island, as does their schooling abroad that alienated them from islanders. This enables him to divert the effects that widespread education, political participation, and improved living conditions have on other societal sectors at the same time.
Even as orphans, with the attempt to connect to their native island and with no familial obligations to Europe, they still choose their Europeanness. Therefore, when Hortensia is betrayed by the Spanish lieutenant, it marks a traumatic recognition that White criolla and imperial White have two different meanings.
The abandonment that takes place reflects an orphaning that leaves the sisters displaced on their own island. Yet rather than blame the Spanish lieutenant, the Burkhart sisters continue their allegiance to Spain. Therefore, the blame falls largely on the Afro-Puerto Rican yerbatera as the sisters forego an opportunity for solidarity, or at the very least, communication between women. They want to be European and thus they cannot reject the Spaniard, but they can no longer attain that ideal, especially if marriage is not an option.
Loss, anxiety, resentment and fear of change lead the sisters to remove themselves from society, unwilling to take part in the U.
Not one of the Burkhart sisters can imagine her life outside the hegemonic norms that deny her subjectivity. This reasserts The Unwilling Orphan 15 that they uphold a paternalistic master-text. For the sake of maintaining their upper class appearance, the Burkhart sisters must act according to a prescribed gender perfor- mance that is particular to their class, and what is more, constructed by men. That is to say, their desires and realities must be in line with the patriarchal legacy that their colonial father left behind—racial segregation, political and financial authority, and a lack of promiscu- ity—or such desires must be suppressed or concealed.
That is why the sisters never engage in new romances so as not to be perceived as promiscuous. What is more, maintaining this appearance is why they continue to wear expensive jewelry despite their economic decline and why they remain isolated from other racial sectors despite a creolizing society.
Because they cling to a paternalistic society, the orphan char- acters fail to articulate an alternative narrative and instead adhere to the master-text. Indeed, by maintaining racial and sexual differences of the plantocracy, the women participate in their own oppression. This oppression manifests itself economically in their orphanage. The lack of financial security displaces criolla women from their long-standing class power and Europeanness and leaving them as outcasts on their native island.
Doubly orphaned and abruptly cut off from Europe and their father, these women are also unprepared to survive outside of the imperial endeavor. When Spain left Puerto Rico, it abandoned its role as patria. Additionally, the use of female orphans functions as a further critique against U. However, their abandonment also reveals a dependency that is gendered in the text. Once Spanish colonialism ends in Los soles truncos, the sisters are left with no parental directive and nothing ever comes to fill in for that paternal absence, neither a husband nor the United States.
The death of the father, then, becomes the moment of displacement for the Burkharts. Though they desire to return to what they once had, death and U. Thus they inherit a melancholic and pessimistic present whose uncertainty manifests anxiety in the sisters.
But the trauma of class is intersected with gender because as power is fought for and negotiated among the United States, the Afro-Puerto Rican and criollo sectors, the criolla woman fails to gain a stronghold on any meaningful social power Handley Once wealthy criollas, the three women have no manner to financially sustain themselves.
They are not prepared to work because their entire lives were provided for. No longer are they among the select few to receive an education and what is more, their education pertains to a domestic space. The first part of that scenario demonstrates gender differences in a colonial society whereas the second part speaks to racial and class differences.
Upper-class criolla women are not raised to work outside of the house; they are raised to be homemakers.
The reality is that the sisters no longer have value now that their class status is insignificant. Their inheritance has been squandered which provides little motivation for someone to marry one of them so that without husbands and without means to earn a living, the sisters are displaced in society.
They are traumatically abandoned by all forms of patriarchy to fend for themselves and yet they are so shrouded in patriarchy that they do not know how to survive without 18 Daniel Arbino it. In the end, however, the Burkharts choose their past relevance over their present means of sur- vival. When the sisters decide to burn themselves inside their house, they adorn themselves with lavish jewels that could have ostensibly been used to pay bills The jewels, like their house, are their link to the past—a time when they had a place in society.
Rather than shed that link and forge ahead in a new society, the orphans cling to their colonial dominance through their material possessions. This experienced loss, coupled with criolla placelessness mani- fests as fatal breast cancer in Hortensia. Certainly the location of the cancer, the breast, which lies above the heart, figuratively speaks to the trauma of her failed romance.
Breast cancer also speaks to her gender identity, since, though prevalent in men, it is commonly associ- ated with women. I point to inhibited because Hortensia is restrained by the limitations of colonial society that are imposed on criolla women.
Under the new regime, Hortensia has few choices without renouncing her background. Financially, she is no longer desirable to suitors and therefore, no one ever tries to coerce her out of the house. Therefore, Hortensia lacks the mores to be a part of the new society since the possibility of public humiliation has been curtailed due to the U. On the contrary, U. Yet unable to pro- cess the loss she suffered in the breakup with the Spanish lieutenant, Hortensia remains an abandoned outsider of the new society.
She opts to uphold Eurocentric ideals that have marked the hacendado class as obsolete. Restricted by her Europeanness, Hortensia never attempts to work or fit in within a changing society.
When coping mechanisms, such as those suggested by Merton, do not work, suicide becomes a last resort for those who cannot deal with the extreme pain—depression, anxiety, helplessness, hopelessness, etc.
It is therefore relevant to think about the suicide that takes place in Los soles truncos as a response to the trauma of the U. Indeed, the invasion of the United States, for the sisters, is an interruption of time, in which modernity imposes itself. After all, modernity, along with imperial invasion, weakened cultures through cross-cultural exchange.
To view this battle with time as resistant to U. Yet the one remaining refuge in their spatial universe from for- eign occupation is their now-dilapidated house in Old San Juan.
These pieces serve as metaphorical sites of both remembrance and loss. On the one hand, their presence reminds the girls of their affluent and happy childhood, constantly recalling positive memories to help them cope with a legacy now lost due to U.
In that sense, every time they see the furniture, the sisters unknowingly re-experience their loss. Defiende tu casa. La de Hortensia y Emilia.
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