A Review of Anayas Doa Sebastiana

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Doa Sebastiana is one of the short novels that composes Rudolfo Anaya's My land sings : Story from the Rio Grande. Also known as La Comadre Sebastiana or La Pelosa, Doa Sebastiana personifies death in New Mexican culture and is mainly placed in stories to help children understand the role of death in life.


He strongly refuses explaining that they have always been unfair to the poor by giving everything to the rich. But when he is asked by Death itself, represented by Doa Sebastiana, the woodcutter accepts stating that she has always shown equity. The woodcutter openly denounces the Catholic Church's failure to help the poor as exposed in The Heath Anthology of American Literature "For a poor man to openly chastise both Jesus and the Virgin Mary for failing to be equitable comprises a stunning class-conscious critique of Christian hypocrisy and the Church's complicity with the rich" (Vol. B, 665). His action is not defined by greed, only by a will of fairness as we understand that Jesus and the Virgin Mary are the representations of the rich that they have supported and Doa Sebastiana the poor always left apart. It is even more stunning as we recall that the chicken was first stolen. Anaya not only describes the Church as being socially unfair but also as a beneficiary from evil acts that it should condemn.
As a reward, Doa Sebastiana gives Baltazar the power of healing with the only condition that if the woodcutter sees Death at the head of the bed of the person who is supposed to heal, he shall not heal him. Both Death's gift and its drawback emphasize the idea that Death is fair and as it strikes each and everyone of us can not be infinitely stopped.
The woodcutter's healing abilities became ...
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