by Sor Juana Ines De la Cruz
Quest for Purity
Sor Juana has two paths, she can be married or she can become a nun. Because her mother would not allow her to disguise herself as a boy to attend more schooling, she chooses the path of a nun. Knowledge is more important to her than being married.
Men = Devils?
Sor Juana tells her audience that men are synonymous with evil. Her experience warrants this point of view because she was taken advantage of by men throughout her life, though not physically. Her work was published under a pseudonym without her permission, and she was forced to deal with the consequences of speaking out for women's rights. For her, men took away her freedom to learn by stripping her of all of her books and forcing her to work with nuns dying of the plague, of which she later died from.