Gary Soto brings the impoverished, crime filled streets of the Mexican-American communities where he grew up to life by “evoking the harsh forces that often shape the life for Chicanos” (“‘Gary Soto’: Poetry Foundation” p. 1). He combines an archetypal young love poem with the concept of poverty to create the powerful poem: “Oranges” (1985). Soto also works with the notion of old age and the importance of life in his somber poem: “The Seventieth Year” (1986). Finally, he portrays the result of a young death through the affected family’s mourning in the solemn poem: “Avocado Lake” (1975). Through the use of powerful imagery, precise descriptions, and free verse poetry, Gary Soto’s poems evoke a sense of sympathy for the underprivileged Mexican-American community where he grew up, while telling a beautiful story.
While hearts have many observable qualities, they also have many properties that cannot be measured or weighed by conventional means. In Brian Doyle’s “Joyas Voladoras”, he explores his sentiments toward those unseeable properties. Through his work, Doyle is telling his audience to not close off their hearts to the things in life that make it worth it, even if it brings pain and sorrow. Doyle crafts his discussion and expands it to convey this message about the properties of the heart that cannot be weighed or measured through his use of distinct changes in tone using specific diction, his changes in point of view, and use of multiple extended metaphors.
Richard Rodriguez analyzes the cultures of two places that have different points of view about how life should be lived in his book “Days of Obligation”. He analyzes the differences between the cultures of California and Mexico, naming one a tragedy and the other a comedy. The rhetorical devices Rodriguez uses include renaming the two places, and a type of reverse psychology.
In her article, Cofer assesses the difficult cultural hurdles of Latin Americans with emotional appeal. She provides insight on her cultural barriers by first conveying the way she had to dress and her struggle, as it shows in this piece of text, “That morning I had organized… which to base my decision” (Cofer 5). This poignancy works to stress an agonizing feeling of uncertainty and restraint towards the author. Therefore, the readers discern sympathy and sorrow because of her cultural barriers to other cultures, this including to develop efficient dress style. Proceeding, “The line I first heard… like other girls” (Cofer 8). This quote uses interesting, yet effective diction to inflict disgust or realization of the
Alvarez uses Minerva’s demand that her father earn her respect to show how she created her own inner strength and power in order to challenge her gender role. The discovery that Minerva’s father has another family and has kept it a secret leads Minerva to feel betrayed. In response to his excuses she says, “’I don’t owe you a thing,’ I said. My voice was as sure and commanding as his. ‘You’ve lost my respect’” (Alvarez 89). Minerva needs people to earn her respect; she is not going to hand it out to anyone. She has morals and her father has broken them, so he doesn’t deserve her respect – as a male he thinks he has the authority to do this, but she knows better. Minerva challenges the female portrayal by not blindly listening and following
In How to Tame a Wild Tongue, Gloria Anzaldua uses rhetoric and personal anecdotes to convey and persuade her argument that Latin Americans are forced to relinquish their cultural heritage, and to conform to white society. The evidence she provides comes in a variety of platforms, both literal and rhetorical. Rhetorical, being through emotional, logical, and credible appeals through her text. Literal being explicitly stated, without any further analysis necessary.
Sandra Cisneros´ text draws attention to the underestimation and negligence of the main character- Salvador. It also points the monotony and pain in his life. “Salvador Late or Early” is a short story written by Sandra Cisneros. Salvador is a young boy who had to become a role figure for his brothers early in his life. He is lonely, insecure and neglected. Long sentences, built with the activities, which Salvador must fulfill each day shows the reader that Salvador is constantly in motion and cannot stop even for a moment. The theme of the story, then, is unrecognition, monotony and inner pain. Cisneros´ short story challenges the reader to feel sympathetic towards Salvador. With that essay I would like to prove the negligence of a young boy, point the monotony in everyday activities and Salvador´s life by mentioning his responsibilities,
Mary Ann Shadd Cary, who was an abolitionist, a lawyer, and a publisher, worked with the fugitive community to help the fugitive slaves who crossed the border into Canada. As the injustice against slaves escalates in the United States, Shadd Cary wants her newspaper to deliver outcries of the fugitives slaves. In her passage, Shadd Cary uses metaphor, logical appeal, and rhetorical questions in order to convey her message that the newspaper is needed.
The theme of Junot Diaz’s, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is that where a person currently is in their life is more important than where they come from. He expresses this thoroughly in his stories and commentaries on social issues that mostly share the same theme of place. In addition, in how growing up in his neighborhood in New Jersey affected his view on the world and the way that he sees other places now. The author makes it a point to express the idea that one’s own decisions presently are the most important to their identity.
At some point of your life you meet very special people that carry very similar interests. This creates bonds that can be a very powerful and important part of your life. Some may say that bonds are created between a series of negative events that leads up to friendship. However, this is not true because in The Way, the main characters come together to walk the same path. Each character motivates each other to achieve the overall reason of why they wanted to walk The Camino De Santiago. Emilio Estevez’s purpose in creating this film was to show how different types of people with different backgrounds can mesh together and motivate each other. In The Way, Emilio Estevez uses the literary devices such as characterization and conflict to get
Living in a society today makes it hard for many teens and kids our age. We all struggle and stress about this one thing, being unique or different. This is such a huge thing now because they’re are so much people out there who are willing to go to every extent to try be unique, or there are people out there who would go to every extent to just satisfy people. We all struggle with this one problem but yet no one really cares talks about it. In this essay I will be analyzing the poet Julio Noboa Polanco with his poem “identity”, how different he is to other poets, and lastly how he used his poetic elements with his poem. Though, Julio only made one poem, but with that one poem, it shows so many about his writing and literature skills.
The book also states three theoretical analysis of culture. One would be the social-conflict analysis which “sees culture as a dynamic arena of inequality and conflict.” (John, 2010) It benefits a group of people while affecting others. For instance, this can be related to “crash” the part where the old, chine man is trafficking people (human trafficking) that benefits him and his wife but it affects the people who are harmed by his incident. (cheadle, et al.,
Culture is the human endeavor that par excellence produces feelings and imaginaries in society. It also reinforces the feeling of identity and citizenship. From the start, this concept supposes certain specificities in the American continent: the co-existence of cultural manifestations close to, what we can define as, traditional culture, which is product of a multiplicity of ethnic groups and subcultures that has participated in the construction of the identity and history of the region; and the manifestations closer to what we can define as modern culture or, further more, as industrial culture, which is also a characteristic of the contemporary continental culture. The sustainability of these cultural manifestations without exception is