Rosa Montero's novels Lágrimas en la lluvia and Peso del corazón focus on Bruna Husky, an android private detective living in Madrid in 2109. Husky's career leads her into investigating various sinister plots, both of which she falls victim to. These quests lead her to make discoveries about herself that challenge her beliefs about herself. All the cases that Bruna investigates take her on journeys that mirror Campbell's structure of the monomythic quest. My analysis of the novels focuses on how Bruna follows the model of the Campbellian cycle while at the same time questioning the quest, keeping true to archetypes of the feminine quest as established by Anis Pratt and Dana Heller. My article focuses on three distinctive steps in the quest, the crossing of the threshold, initiation, and the return, as well as the most important characteristic of the feminine quest, the heroine's negation of the patriarchal society.
College and Department
Humanities; Spanish and Portuguese
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Glassett, Zachary Nelson, "The Woman as . . . : The Feminine Quest in The Feminine Quest in Lágrimas en la lluvia and El peso del corazón by Rosa Montero" (2018). All Theses and Dissertations. 6852.
Keywords: science-fiction, feminine quest, monomyth, hero's journey, Rosa Montero.