Summary Of It's That It Hurts By Thomas Rivera

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In the short story “It’s that it hurts” by Tomas Rivera, a boy gets expelled for fighting at school. The “It” that hurts is the boy’s lack of pride. The boy’s pride was splintered by having to be nude in the sight of a complete stranger. In the story the boy had to strip down naked in front of the nurse. This hurt his pride because he was uncomfortable with stripping down in front of a stranger. As well, the boy’s pride was hurt by bullies. in the story he was pushed around in the bathroom and called “Mex.” The boy’s pride was damaged in this situation because he wasn’t mighty enough to defeat the bullies. The boy’s pride was hurt by getting kicked out of school. This hurt his pride because his parents want him to be a telephone operator,
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