The Female Persuasion

by

Meg Wolitzer

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Lupe Izurieta Character Analysis

An Ecuadorian women who has allegedly benefited from Loci’s mentorship program. Loci brings Lupe to California to give a speech at one of their summits, where Greer writes Lupe’s speech for her and speaks alongside her. Greer feels that she is giving the shy, disenfranchised Lupe a real platform. Shortly after the summit, once Lupe has already returned to Ecuador, it is revealed that no such mentorship program exists, and Loci has been accepting donations in the name of a lie. Greer is ashamed of having made Lupe stand up and speak to hundreds of women about the ways in which Loci has improved her life, when really, it’s possible that Lupe is still suffering in her home country.
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Lupe Izurieta Character Timeline in The Female Persuasion

The timeline below shows where the character Lupe Izurieta appears in The Female Persuasion. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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...room. The audience is wealthy, progressive, and well dressed. Greer and the speaker from Ecuador, Lupe Izurieta, stand together off to the side, watching the hustle and bustle of the summit. (full context)
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Greer communicates with Lupe in mediocre Spanish, asking if she wants anything to eat. Lupe is painfully shy and... (full context)
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...be the person [she has] secretly long[ed] to be.” After Greer’s speech concludes, she introduces Lupe, emphasizing to the gathered crowd that Lupe is receiving help in recovering from a traumatic... (full context)
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Lupe stands at the podium and begins to read slowly and carefully in Spanish, while Greer... (full context)
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After the summit, Greer and Lupe return to their connected rooms at a nearby hotel. Greer knocks on Lupe’s door and... (full context)
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...morning, on the flight back to New York—which is only the third plane trip that Lupe has ever been on, after the flight from Quito to New York and New York... (full context)
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Overwhelmed, Greer closes her eyes. She asks Kim how Lupe would have been able to give her speech about her mentor if what was in... (full context)
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...the work she wanted to do on behalf of women, truly mattered. Greer wonders where Lupe is and what she’s doing, and she thinks sadly of her own complicity in causing... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...it out for himself, but Emmett cannot think of anything. Finally, Frank says the name Lupe Izurieta and asks Emmett if it sounds familiar to him. Emmett does not know what... (full context)