Maria Concepcion”, a short story by Katherine Anne Porter, revolves around the seemingly simple life of Maria Concepcion. At the beginning of the short story, Maria is married to a man who goes by the name of Juan and has a child on the way. She has a stable business by selling different animals, and life seemed to be on the right track. That is until Juan leaves Maria for two years with a fifteen-year-old beekeeper named Maria Rosa. Concepcion carries on with her life after tragedy hits her time and time again. Once Juan returns with Maria Rosa, Concepcion has yet another hurdle to overcome known as Maria Rosa. Throughout the short story, Maria Concepcion has an internal struggle due to her husband’s affair, which ends with Maria committing an immoral act and justifying it with the preservation of her family. Maria, because of the fact she in deeply religious, has a strong wish for unity in her family. She wants to …show more content…
The result of Juan leaving was major, but it was not what was to be expected. Usually a person falls apart when their spouse leaves them, but Maria becomes extremely cold. When her child dies from complications of birth, Maria,”becomes stolid, refusing even to cry when her child is born and dies”(DeMouy). She still battles on and continues her daily life. When the women and girls offer their sympathies and prayers to Maria, she simplys replies, “Keep your prayers to yourself, Lupe, or offer them for others who need them. I will ask God for what I want in this world” (Porter). The absence of her husband is not destroying her, but rather is pushing her to become even more strong in her life. While Maria was able to stand on her two feet before Juan’s departure, she is even more independent now that he is gone. Her line of work is booming, but her craving for a family is not satisfied. All Maria wants in her life is a family, and nothing was going to stop Maria from getting her
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Lourdes, Enrique’s mother, loved her children as every mother does and did anything in her power to provide for them even if it meant to travel 1,619 miles into a foreign country. Many parents like Lourdes have left their entire families for job opportunities and risk their lives through the dangerous journey but they have the hope and motivation because of love— love for their sons and daughters. Even Enrique found himself doing the same for his soon-to-be-born baby which was one of the components that made him persevere in his
It is a story of bravery and courage. Thus, Alvarez challenges the traditional views of women such as the view that a man is the head of the family, the view that women are
Stories and memories passed on through generations can help to shape an individual. In many instances, storytelling can tell a lesson or push a person’s opinion about something in a certain direction. Memories can sometimes be unreliable, but can also be all that someone can base their life off of. Judith Ortiz Cofer’s memoir Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican childhood uses storytelling to share her memories in a life lesson manner.
This quotation is a metaphor to make the reader understands that Javier’s love for Martha was immense as the universe is. He can do whatever he can to prove that he loves his daughter. Javier’s feelings toward his daughter are indescribable, a common point he held with Lydia. He kept his activity secret because he wanted to keep his daughter safe. He states, “Martha’s death changed everything” (Cummins 199).
In Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, readers are drawn into the journey that Lily Owens embarks on to find the strength to make her own decisions and grow as an individual. Her sense of humour helps her to survive, and she finally comes to an understanding of her yearning for her mother, and her growth takes her beyond her father’s lack of humanity. Lily develops into an outspoken young lady throughout the novel by making difficult decisions, meeting new people and learning how to stand up for herself. Lily finds her strength by making difficult decisions that are life changing.
There is only one person in our lives who loved and protected us from the moment that we born, our mothers. Thinking about that important person, Willie Perdomo wrote the poem “Unemployed Mami” in 2002 as part of the book Postcards of El Barrio (Poetry Foundation 2015). In “Unemployed Mami” and Postcard of El Barrio the author explores the culture, traditions and even the patriarchy that characterizes Puerto Ricans. Moreover, Perdomo shares the life of a son and the life of his beloved unemployed mother, in a time where women stayed at home without having a job, living from what their husbands earn. In order to enjoy and appreciate the content of this poems it is important to discuss what it means, where it takes place and what it tells about Perdomo’s life.
She vows to god she will never ask him for anything for her son” (260). This shows us how Lourdes once cared for her son, but now is burdened with him for all of his actions. The point of view shows us how how Enrique once cared for his mother but now his mother is crying because of what Enrique has turned out to be. In conclusion, the POV shows us how different perspectives show us how Enrique ended up because of how he changed. Analyzing how Nazario uses literary devices show us how Enrique has changed throughout the novel.
Alvarez and her family have a lot of trauma considering there lives in the dominican republic and living under the dictator,through it all alvarez's parents raised a daughter who would share their story in a fashionable matter that told the story how it was.
Barraza was sumitted to constant sexual abuse every time her mother ran out of money to buy beer. As a consequence, Juana became pregnate to a boy at the age of 13. These events spycological scar her for life. She blame her mother for evething and felt a great hatred towars Justa. In a final point, Juana had a different childhoold that a normal child, which consecuently mentally affect her life.
Esperanza says that she will come back, she will come back for “the ones I left behind... the ones who cannot out”. (Cisneros 110). Esperanza is able to go through a change and accept who she is through her community and her family. She is able to use her situation to empower herself, and to be hopeful in her own
The Virgen is a strongly used figure for single mothers, women who seek childbirth, and women who have endured domestic violence. In the legend of the Virgen de Guadalupe, she confides to Juan Diego and asks him to build a church for her, he then fails to meet her requests because he was taking care of an ill uncle, he then meets with her once again and admits his failure and despair, the Virgen is quoted as saying, “No estoy yo aqui que soy tu madre?”(Am I not here, I who am your mother?). In the legend of the Virgen de Guadalupe, she reaffirms Juan Diego not to worry of his dying uncle because she is his mother and will be protect him and his uncle. The idea of the Virgen being a mother is strongly related to the quote she tells Juan Diego, because she reinstates her identity as a protecting mother and allows Juan Diego to confide his troubles onto her, whom she promises to
In the text it also says, “Maybe he would do something crazy, like crash the car on purpose, to get back at her, or fall asleep and run the car into an irrigation ditch. And it would be her fault.” This connects to theme because, Maria needs to be thankful for her family and, she is not acting very thankful according to this quote. This conflict is another main part of the theme. As one can see, Maria is not very grateful towards her
Lola takes advantage of her deteriorating mother whose illness represents the declining hold of the norms over Lola. Since her mom “will have trouble lifting her arms over her head for the rest of her life,” Lola is no longer afraid of the “hitting” and grabbing “by the throat” (415,419). As a child of a “Old World Dominican Mother” Lola must be surrounded by traditional values and beliefs that she does not want to claim, so “as soon as she became sick” Lola says, “I saw my chance and I’m not going to pretend or apologize; I saw my chance and I eventually took it” (416). When taking the opportunity to distinguish herself from the typical “Dominican daughter” or ‘Dominican slave,” she takes a cultural norm like long hair and decides to impulsively change it (416). Lola enjoyed the “feeling in [her] blood, the rattle” that she got when she told Karen to “cut my hair” (418).
My irony story My irony story happened in Hermosillo, Sonora. A friend of mine, named Francisco (I call him Franky) went to my house and stayed to sleep, we bought the energizing drink called monster and some chips to pass the night and not going to sleep but we actually ended sleeping very early, compared to other times, and the next day Franky and I looked for his cell phone because we noticed that it was not where we leave our things in my house and his father called me and said that he was calling Franky and that he did not answer, so we looked for like 2 hours and the next day we had to go to school, so I told the maid that when she could that if she would look the cell phone for me, I forgot to say that in the house were living my father,
Introduction In the novel, “The Secret Life of Bees,” written by Sue Monk Kidd an important character who showed maturity and took significant action in her life was Lily. We see this when (1) she leaves home and (2) moves in with the Boatwright sisters and, at the end of novel, (3) challenging her father and making the decision to become a permanent part of the Boatwright community. We see Lily begin to trust her own instincts and have the courage to forgive herself as she grows under the care of the Boatwright sisters. Lily leaving home was an important action she took that shows maturity on her part. This action showed that she was both stable minded enough and grown up to be able to make a concious decision about a life-altering aspect