In the introduction to Days of Obligation by Richard Rodriguez, Rodriguez encaptures the differences of societies within the nation of Mexico and state of California, both of which he is familiar with. Rodriguez informs the readers through different stylistic devices on the tragic society that is Mexico and comedy of California. Its is targeted to general audience as he simply contemplates the differences between comedy and tragedy which he talks about as if to an outsider looking in. All in all, Richard Rodriguez attempts to convey the wisdom of both comedic and tragic societies and just how different they are.
Among other essays I have read in this book, the essay El Camino Doloroso written by David Searcy seems to have won my heart over the other ones. This story is short; in fact, it only has three pages, but the message Mr. Searcy conveys surpass these simple pages. To be honest, I have to read this essay three times to understand what is going on with the character and what is happening in this story. At last, I come up with this: In this essay, David Searcy wants those who believe dreams are flaws and useless to think that dreams and love are those that motivateki people to live.
Throughout history, various ancient civilizations all over the globe have created traditions and customs that have been passed down through generation to generation. The idea of having these customs withstand the test of time is truly remarkable. A perfect example of the passing of tradition is the Mexican celebration of El Dia De Los Muertos. El Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday that honors and celebrates loved ones of family who have passed away. Although it has its origins from the Aztec Empire, the holiday is widely celebrated in Latin America and even some parts of the United States. During the 1960s and early 1970s, the Chicano Movement embraced El Día de los Muertos as a way to reconnect with pre-Hispanic and Mexican
The stories of Junot Diaz feature various elements of social and personal issues that are highly prevalent in young Latinx men, primarily the compulsion and adverse effect of machismo, the poignancy of being an outcast in one’s community, and the lack of a father figure in a boy’s life.
‘Lo Mexicano’ is a phrase-turned-concept in 20th century Mexican philosophy. The term literally translates to “the Mexican,” however, it is also used to superficially describe the identity of the Mexican individual. The notion came about after the revolution; the phrase was meant to emphasize and unite Mexico as an independent people. Today, the phrase is understood as an all encompassing term for “mexicanness,” or that which makes someone a true mexican.
What is the definition of "coming of age". According to the Oxford dictionary, "coming of age refers to the process of growing up or entering into adulthood". Now the other hand, Why does it happen? and finally, how does it affect ones health or mindset? These questions will all be answered from a specific perspective of a character and the main protagonist, in the book, "House On Mango Street". The main protagonist Esperanza, matures from a childish girl to a young confident woman through many critical and life changing events in the story. Ultimately, the author, Sandra Cisneros implements the symbols of confidence, the house on mango street and the metaphor of shoes to show how Esperanza develops into a more mature state.
El dia de los Reyes Magos is on January 6. It celebrates Christmas in the latin american cultures. This day marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and commemorates the three wise men who traveled from far away to see baby Jesus, carrying gifts for baby Jesus. El dia de los Reyes Magos still is an important day for people of Mexico. In addition to the gift-giving aspect of the day there is also a bread that is specific to the holiday. Known as 'Rosca de Reyes' this holiday dessert offers much in the way of symbolism. Shaped in the circle to identify a king's crown, this sweet bread holds a special surprise. Baked inside is a small plastic figurine representing the baby Jesus. Whoever finds this baby Jesus has to host an upcoming
The short novel, Aura, by Carlos Fuentes creates a mythical reality to reference Mexican history. He uses Aura, Felipe Montero, and Consuelo as a reflection of the past and the present, where for example, Consuelo represents the past and Felipe the present. In this paper I will explain how the love story of Felipe, Aura, and Consuelo represent Mexican history. In addition this paper will explain how myth breaks down into different elements, such as religion, legends, traditions, and beliefs, all of which are manifested in the different characters and their actions within this novel. Carlos Fuentes applies a cyclical view to Mexican history using Felipe and Llorente, and Consuelo and Consuelo.
Imagine all limbs turned to stone, unable to move or shout no matter how hard one tries. Powerless. This is life for 12 year old Esperanza as a poor, Hispanic girl. Much like a bad dream where one cannot move, Esperanza has no power or voice; her entire life resembles this nightmare. She is discriminated against, not only for her race, but for her gender and social status as well. Dealing with all this unfair treatment, she is easily taken advantage of, leading to a desperation for a better life. She craves for a “real house” but, due to her family’s poverty, they are forced to move frequently into dingy apartments. In The House on Mango Street, Cisneros’s use of rhetorical devices like imagery, analogies, and motifs, helps to create the text’s longing tone.
Pepon Osorio is a sculptor and installation artist of Puerto Rican descent that creates artwork which are testimonial to his life. Osorio’s parents discouraged him from pursuing a formal education in the arts because “being an artist is not going to do it.” As a result, Osorio majored in sociology and became a social worker in New York City in which he constantly connected with the community around him. Although being a social worker was not his true calling, what he did as an artist was not so different from his social work. “As a social worker, going and visiting homes, moving from here and there, realizing that the impact was very similar in many different ways. Obviously, the art has a much greater extent of interpretation, and I wasn’t
To a great extent, Diego Rivera’s artistic work portrayed and embraced Socialism in Mexico. Rivera’s participation in the Mexican Communist Party added depth and meaning to his work by overshadowing many global socialist movements. Much of his Socialist work was attributed to his lucid observations of social inequality, progressive ideas and educational environment in Mexico and Europe.
In the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the narrator sets out on a journey to assemble the remaining pieces of truth surrounding the murder of Santiago Nasar, twenty-seven years after incident. As the narrator recounts the series of facts relating to Santiago’s death, the reader becomes aware of the emptiness, as an accumulation of these informations can’t recreate the event itself. Judging both the narrator’s desire to revisit the past and the foretold events leading up to Santiago’s death, the narrative explores the ways in which the past and the future have an effect upon the present state. The narrator uses the form of a chronicle to organize time into a confined segment, he engages in the nature of time itself and the analysis of the murder.
In Isabel Allende’s short story “Two Words”, readers follow the story of Belisa Crepuscalario, a woman who was born to an extremely poor family and sell words for a living. Colonel, a really tough and closed man who does not show his feelings easily and had spent his life serving homeland in the civil war. Late in the story she meets Colonel where the tough and closed man become a totally different person. In “Two Words,” Allende emphasizes the power of words through Belisa’s work to develop both Belisa and Colonel’s character, helping him realize that life is beautiful and enjoyable.
In this conversation, the police not only frequently use fillers such as um,well, and you know what sir but also pose pauses and gaps in her speech. As mentioned earlier, due to her position as someone answering the questions and limited availability to access to the information,her reaction to the topic of the conversation is passive and she has a limited range of information to provide on the topic. Moreover, she uses a more formal and polite form of speech as she frequently uses words like sir and may I~. Her use of the frequent fillers and polite form of speech reflect her position with less power and limited availability to provide the information in the
One of the symbolic representations in the “Salt of the Earth” is a scene where Esparanza husband spits on a scab that is a Mexican American and is arrested and beat by the racist cops. Clearly they are trying to intimidate and silence him. The imagery and complaints from Esparanza show how horrible the conditions are that they live in which only furthers the claim that they are treated as substandard. Conversely, the movie Cesar Chavez shows symbolism is the very grapes that are the object of the movie. The grapes represent the migrant workers inability to get out of poverty. They also represent the oppression that is felt by these people who literally provide food for millions that have no idea what the face daily.