Gavin Foote, Carissa Napier, Noah Fraser, Zoe Beers, Caitlin Niles Dr. Nicholson Honors English 10, Period 1 28 February 2017 Latin America Literature Essay Brenda Shoshanna’s quote,“All conflict we experience in the world, is a conflict within our own selves” is revealed in Latin American literature. During the 1900s, Latin America, El Salvador in particular, was poverty-stricken and the population was oppressed by corrupt governments. Consequently, different types of conflict became prevalent in Latin America. Latin American author Claribel Alegria uses Person vs. Self, Person vs.Society, and Person vs. Government in order to illustrate conflict. Many people were not satisfied with themselves, as they felt that the stress of living in Central …show more content…
When someone sees flaws within their person, they often compare themselves to lesser, perhaps bad things. Alegria expresses this in “Savoir Faire” when she compares herself to a “black cat (318)”. Black cats are known to symbolize bad luck, and by comparing herself to one, she compares her more cautious nature to that of a free, wild cat, idolizing the reckless traits as good and hers as handicapping as she believes they slow her down. Alegria also reveals resolution to Person vs. Self conflict in her poem “Nocturnal Visits”. She writes that “At night I listen to their phantoms, shouting in my ear shaking me out of my lethargy (319)” to illustrate this struggle within the narrator as she realizes the conditions that the veterans of her nation dealt with and continue to deal are terrible. The whole poem describes this internal conflict, showing her pity for them and how the thought of their efforts galvanizes her into …show more content…
Internal conflict with oneself can lead to the conflict of Person vs. Society, as seen in Alegria’s poem “Nocturnal Visits”, as it shows a clash between not just Alegria and her own ideas, but society’s ideas as well. Her society felt like they were in a bad situation, but she points out that there are others in worse situations, saying, “I think of our anonymous boys, of our burnt out heroes (319)”. Alegria uses ‘our’ to show ownership of the people in terrible living conditions, which expresses the guilt she believes she and others in better living conditions feel to be able to avoid the experiences that those others face. After reflecting over these people, Alegria says that those in better situations should not feel sorry for themselves as they do not have to experience what those in extreme poverty face every day. The mere thought of them troubles her, for “their phantoms [shout] in [her] ear shaking [her] out of [her] lethargy (319)”. To reiterate, she believes that not only herself, but others as well should regard those who are in need with pity rather than feel sorry for
The characters of Enrique’s Journey are openly expressive about how they feel, where as, The many of the characters in The Tyrants Daughter will keep their emotions bottled in. In Julie Otsuka’s historic fictional novel The Tyrant’s Daughter Laila’s family came to America, a land that seemed like a dream, as refuges because according to Laila, “My old life, the one I fled, was real. It is real. It is real pain, and real war, and real deaths, and real guns” (279). After Laila’s Uncle had her father killed he took over as a dictator of the country.
Although, if it were her intention of expulsion, she questions why the owner didn't chase the homeless out of her own shop then gift him with food. In the end, she connects these scenes to the common response to a hero’s fall during Greek Tragedy which was “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” used to acknowledge good fortune in avoiding the misfortune. “Could it be that the homeless, like those ancients, are reminding us of our common humanity? She answers this question stating that this is true, but homelessness doesn't end and the homeless do not go home. By questioning her audience, Ascher implies that compassion is inevitable to not
Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere”. There is so much bad form and enduring, shouting out for attention victims of yearning, of racism and political abuse in Chile, for occasion, or in the occasion journalists and artists, prisoners in such a large number of terrains administered by the left and by the
The first few lines of the poem talk about how since the beginning of the voice of the poem’s life, he or she has been bathed in hatred, and Frado finds herself in a similar situation. Frado’s life starts out with her mother leaving her at the Bellmont’s house because her mother could not afford to feed her any longer.
The resulting political violence in El Salvador was put into account by Mark Danner. He provides multiple accounts, testimonies, and gathered research in The Massacre at el Mozote. This book explains and provides testament as to what was happening between the trained Atlatl Battalion, and the guerilla fighters. Many villages, and poor communities in Latin America were the targets of the extreme violence. The Massacre at El Mozote, and the fictional film, Men with Guns, both illustrate common themes that contributed to the chaos of the fighting for basic human rights, and political dominance.
The poem, in brief, is about the struggle the speaker faces as he prepares for war and attempts to explain to his lover how important honor is to him, surpassing even his feelings for her. It is written creatively, with a unique style. The poem is also personal and temporal, a trait of poems of this era. The poem is written in a conversational tone and is read as if by a male writer to a female lover. Lovelace weaves poetic techniques such as assonance, and metaphor together to create a good rhythm, and a theme based upon honor.
The conflicting interests of the mother and the father result in a situation where one must make a sacrifice in order to preserve the connection in the family. The flat depressed tone of the poem reflects the mother’s unhappiness and frustration about having to constantly
The 1960s and 1970s were decades of political turmoil in Latin American countries , in a political and diplomatic climate strongly influenced by the dynamics of the Cold War. This formed the background for the work of the writers of the Latin American Boom, and defined the context in which their sometimes radical ideas had to operate The Latin American Boom was a literary movement that not only impacted literature but impacted politics throughout Latin America gateway to modern Latin American Literature that created an international profile and left be-hind a worldwide reputation with these talented and rebellious novelists freely expressing their political views within their writings it was only a matter of time before change began. Although
The worst bearing of both Rowlandson and Equiano has to face was being separated from their own love ones. Rowlandson was separated from her family and relations when her village was attacked then eventually lost her only child that was with her. Nevertheless, Equiano also endured tormented pain when he was parted from his sister while she was the only comfort to him at once. He was a young boy in a fearful atmosphere with nothing to convey a positive perspective. “It was vain that [they] besought than not to part us; she was torn from [him], and immediately carried away, while [he] was left in a state of distraction not to be describe”.
When they actually struck her, people shouted their approval” (26). To add, this story of a mother shouting that she sees fire and flames and no one seems to care, shows that even people being affected by indifference, can themselves be indifferent as well. Therefore, indifference overshadows caring in even the worst and most needing of
Listen to me without pity. I cannot use your pity.” , the use of repetition is effective in creating empathy towards her situation instead of pity. Through the use of figurative language like rhetorical questions, metaphors, imagery and repetition, the author is able to convey a vivid sense of what living in poverty is really like. This is intended to make the reader feel empathy towards those who are poor.
This silent voice “stands opposite the blackness and yet it does not oppose the blackness, for conflict is not part of its nature” (473). Consequently, the silent voice allows the narrator’s consciousness to realize that she does not have to choose between cultures, but can be a mix of both. Through this silent voice, the narrator rids her consciousness of despair and hatred and moves forward solely in love.
The reader can feel her great depression through the poem. In addition, in order to handle her problems, under the guidance of her psychiatrist, she wrote poetry as her therapy. The form of her poem, which was not organized, could be explained through this fact. It looked like she wrote her thoughts quickly. One thought chased another thought.