Malintzin as Conquerer
“Yo Soy Malinche” by Mary Louise Pratt is an interesting analysis of Malinche as conqueror rather than conquered. Had she been a man, there would be no ambiguity about her role in the Conquest. As a man, her choices would have been unambiguous. As a woman, however:
Debate continues as to how her collaboration should be understood: as the passion-driven acts of a woman in love; as the inevitable playing out of female subordination; as revenge on the society that devalued and objectified her; as political strategy linked to her own lust for power; as an archetypal manifestation of female treachery and woman’s inconstancy (Pratt 860).
I haven’t considered Malintzin from the perspective of Conqueror. I identified with her simply as a woman. Not as a victim or a conqueror or a traitor.
This intrigues me. I’ll have to think about it and put it into perspective.