Sor Juana’s Early Life
Sor Juana had a somewhat scandalous beginning, being the child of a soldier and daughter of a landowner, who were unmarried. Sor Juana was dedicated to study at an extremely early age and was said to have been able to read her native Spanish and study Latin by the age of six. In her youth she proposed to her mother that she wear men’s clothing and disguise herself in order to attend school. When this request was denied Juana instead continued her rigorous education of herself which included severe self-inflicted punishments for failing to meet her study goals. Talk about teenage drama!