Prostitution as a Form of Human Alienation in Vargas Llosa's The Green House


  • Bam Dev Adhikari Trichandra Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal



Capitalism, alienation, estrangement, exploitation, prostitute, prostitution


The portrayal of prostitutes as the characters and prostitution as the institution is a rampant subject in Spanish American novels since the time of the first novelist of the continent, Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi. Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel The Green House portrays the women characters in pathetic exploitation, mainly sexual exploitation. The exploitation of the women in the novel is inextricably connected with the political system of Peru. The capitalist economic/ political system of Peru in the second half of the 20th century forced women to sell their body for their survival. Prostitution is treated as an industry from which the investors or the bidders earn surplus money. My argument is that the political/economic system, capitalism is responsible for the alienation and exploitation of women in Peru in the 1960s.


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Author Biography

Bam Dev Adhikari, Trichandra Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Bam Dev Adhikari has now been working as an associate professor in the Department of English, Trichandra Campus, Tribhuvan University. His general articles and research articles have been published in Nepali newspapers and journals. He is doing research on form and content of Spanish American fiction. He has given guest lectures in Tenri University, Japan, Sofia University, Japan, Mokpo National University Korea, South Korea and Incheon National University, South Korea. He has presented papers in China, Japan, South Korea and Macau. Mr. Adhikari worked as the Campus Chief in Bishwa Bhasha Campus, Kathmandu; and he has a strong conviction that one can achieve global success if s/he learns another foreign language in addition to English.




How to Cite

Adhikari, B. D. (2019). Prostitution as a Form of Human Alienation in Vargas Llosa’s The Green House. JODEM: Journal of Language and Literature, 10(1), 25–32.