In Reply to: Question about House of Spirits posted by Molly Olm-Shipman on November 15, 2000 at 00:56:51:
I completely agree with Antoniya about the feudal relationships between the workers and Esteban –they were not aware of their choices. Antoniya also talked about the fact that the workers lived in the countryside all of their lives and the other choice, moving to the city, did not even seem like an option. When Estuban tells the workers that they can either work for him or leave, he asked, “Do you understand?” A worker said, “Yes we understand, but we have no place to go.” Moving to the city would have been such a change of lifestyle for them that they did not even consider it a choice. It is kind of like in “Matewan”, when the miners could have fled to live in the mountains. However, it would have been such a change for them to do so, that they did not consider it a choice. Throughout the movie the members of the town looked down upon the “Mountain Men.”
In terms of Pedro and his father leaving, I think that it accentuates what we were talking about in class. More and more workers began to take the risk and move to the cities, away from feudal conditions and into a more capitalistic environment. Feudal Lords began to lose their power, as they were in the country, away from the changes taking place in the more urban areas.
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