Tue 24 Oct 2006
In part 2 of Umbertina I found similarities between Barolini and Puzo’s depiction of the Italian mother. Puzo’s character Lucia Santa in The Fortunate Pilgrim and the character Carla, Marguerite’s mother, in Umbertina were both born in the same generation. The depictions that the authors create of these two characters are very similar. Lucia Santa is seen as a caring mother and the leader of her family who is always looking over her children. She knows when anything is wrong with her children just by looking at them. I see similar characteristics in Carla when Marguerite is telling her family that she is getting a divorce from Alberto. When the news is broken about the divorce Carla immediately throws in her two cents. She talks about how she knew something was bothering her child, and then tries to build her confidence by telling her that she looks much better then she did the last time she saw her daughter. The Italian American family truly is matriarchal.