Looking further, Mamacita’s personal ambitions start to become more evident as the text shifts towards her relationship with her son. When she cries “no speak English...to the child who is singing in the language that sounds like tin, no speak English, no speak English”, the reader can pick up the keyword “no” that demonstrates the magnitude of her pain (2). If she is so deeply affected by her child speaking English, it can be assumed that her underlying desire is for her child to learn the language and culture of her home. Thus, it becomes clear that Mamacita’s otherization occurred when society drew a line between her
The author uses the metaphor, " I don't want them to turn her into a swallow" multiple times. The reason for the constant repetition is so that the author shows us that the mother doesn't want her daughter to do what swallows do, such as flying away and leaving to different places far away from her. The author wanted to repeat this metaphor more than once to show the reader how she really feels. Due to the specific words used in the poem
Immersing oneself in a new community can come with difficulties such as language barriers and balancing two different identities. Firoozeh may have decided to add a “simpler” name, but had to deal with the emotional turmoil that came with people not knowing her actual Iranian heritage. Firoozeh also had to help her mother adapt to American culture by translating because her mother could not speak English. Firoozeh’s father had to adapt to the language barriers because his version of English was incomprehensible to the average American. Every single member of Firoozeh’s family had to adapt to American culture by giving up parts of their original identity because they had to make a place for themselves in their newfound
She does not know I will turn out bad. (28-31) The speaker recalls when her father was having an affair and its effect it had on her mother. Her mother was obviously upset, but the speaker states that time healed her pain. Throughout the poem, the speaker’s mother seems to be upset. The poems tone shifts when the speaker begins to talk about themselves.
In Lisa Parkers “Snapping Beans”, there is a sense that there is a major difference in the speaker’s world, moreover than when she is with her grandmother. In lines 24-38 in Literature to go, the speaker talks about all the things she has experienced while at college. She doesn’t want to bring reality to what seems so unreal when she is with her grandmother. While she is sitting on the porch you can tell that everything is just content and peaceful. The speakers experiencing a few trials that are bringing her down in college, but she doesn’t want to make her grandmother upset with these things so she manages to hide her pain with lies.
First, the relationship she has with her uncle, and the way her other family members treat her, relating to the fact that her family calls her by the nickname Li’l Bit is harsh, considering the fact that she’s getting older and it relates to an inappropriate part on her body. I feel that her mother knew that there was something happening when she told Li’l Bit, “don’t come crying to me when it happens” because she was worried about uncle Peck when Li’l Bit was young. I feel that’s what also keeps Li’l Bit from telling her mother the truth. Li’l Bit is the victim. She trapped
""What if I can 't"" Dede 's voice shook. 'Jaimito thinks it 's suicide. He told me that he 'll have to leave me if I get mixed up in this thing. ' There, she 'd said it... She was hiding behind her husband’s fear"(Alvarez 180). This quote showed that Dede was the one with the most fear in her heart, she was afraid that Jaimito would leave her if she were to join with her sisters.
During their marriage, she struggles to keep pieces of herself alive, the pieces of herself Nathan repressed. Orleanna even admitted that she “encountered her own spirit less and less” (200). Nathan has chipped away at her essence and she accepts that because she won’t leave him or challenge him. When she got the chance to be alone, usually when he went away on revival, once or twice Orleanna found herself “putting on red lipstick to do the housework” (200). She can’t wear red lipstick in front of Nathan because he would find it immodest and would punish her.
In Gary Soto’s short story ‘Growing Up,” the main character, Maria, says, “‘I know, I know. You’ve said that a hundred times,’ she snapped.” Maria is acting ungrateful because she doesn’t want to go on vacation with her family and she is arguing with her father about it instead of being grateful for what she has. Being grateful is feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness and being thankful. In the story Maria argues with her father about not wanting to go on vacation with her family and claims that she is old enough to stay home by herself. Maria is trying to grow up too fast and she put her family to the side instead of being grateful.
Obviously coming to America was far from being “worth it”. Language and cultural adjustments destroyed family relationships. In Document E, Richard Rodriguez says he “felt his throat twisted by unsounded grief” after his teachers instructed his parents to “have their children practice their English when they are home.” Speaking Spanish at home was a family element. As stated in Document E, the Rodriguez