Misc. Topics Sample 7

Essay Prompt

Pick one woman in history or fiction to converse with for an hour and explain your choice. What would you talk about? (250 word limit)

Sample Essay

I remember strolling around the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico when I was 10 years old with only one thought racing through my mind: she is the only woman I have ever learnt about in Latin American History. I had learnt about wives, and nuns here and there but only Kahlo has made enough of an impact to be recognized as much as Simon Bolivar or even Moctezuma. Frida Kahlo managed to make herself one of the most famous female artists in history despite the limitations she faced in every facet of her life. More shocking is that she managed to gain recognition as a female artist in a notoriously sexist society, with her art challenging cultural norms. I believe Kahlo managed to be successful during her time because her societal rebellion was concealed under the beauty of her craft. This is why I would pick Frida Kahlo. I want to find out her intentions. Did she intend for her art to speak to more than just women or Latin Americans? What statement about society was she trying to make? Was she speaking out as a revolutionary/rebel for the women's movement or some other movement? I believe Frida Kahlo knew exactly what she was trying to express through her art and I would love to hear her talk about it.

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