Do the sonnets seem to come from another part of Sor Juana's personality—do they address a different realm of her experience? in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz is a woman with many sides, I believe. Her first passion in life was to learn. In studying her history, we know that she did all she could to do so. She begged to be dressed like a boy so that she might attend university, something only allowed to young men in New Spain (Mexico). When this did not work, she declares herself mostly self-taught.

As she grew older, Sor Juana realized that she had no interest in marriage, only in learning, studying and writing. The only acceptable place for this to take place in her society (for women at that time) was within a convent, so this is the path she chose, taking her vows and entering a comfortable, yet cloistered life.

The many sides of the woman included a brilliant mind, a dedication to procuring equal educational opportunities for women, a social advocacy regarding the misbehaviors of...

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