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Describe the character of Dulce Rosa in "An Act of Vengeance" in two paragraphs.    

In "An Act of Vengeance," the character of Dulce Rosa is a strong, formidable woman. Determined to hunt down and exact revenge on the man who raped her, she is consumed by vengeance, which dominates her life. She's also hell-bent on gaining revenge for the deaths of her father and her neighbors.

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Despite the many setbacks and personal tragedies she's experienced in her life Dulce Rosa remains a strong character. Her strength is perfectly symbolized by the rebuilding of her house, a physical representation of her resilience. Rosa is not just a lone individual; she takes strength from the overwhelming support of...

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Despite the many setbacks and personal tragedies she's experienced in her life Dulce Rosa remains a strong character. Her strength is perfectly symbolized by the rebuilding of her house, a physical representation of her resilience. Rosa is not just a lone individual; she takes strength from the overwhelming support of the local community. They help her to rebuild her home, and provide her with six fierce guard dogs to protect her property.

Rosa's neighbors are so quick to gather round her because she has always had a close connection with them. Indeed, so close is that connection that she's vowed to hunt down and exact revenge upon those who killed her neighbors and her father. Her taste for vengeance can also be seen in her overwhelming desire to settle accounts with the man who raped her.

A victim of war, Dulce Rosa's passion for vengeance means that she inadvertently contributes to the endless cycle of violence which has wrecked the lives of so many, including herself. But as long as Rosa is denied justice this feeling is only likely to grow, making it harder for her to back down and refrain from vengeance, even if she believed it was the right thing to do.

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