In the article “Like Mexicans “the author Gary Soto explains how his grandmother and mother used to advise him telling him the reasons why he should marry a woman with the same culture as him, and also explaining to him why he should not marry a woman with a different race. Soto also narrates how he used to talk with his best friend in their teenage years about the woman they would marry at a future. However, Soto also talks about their fantasies they wanted to achieve when they grow up dreaming a life of success. Soto shares, how he did not fall in love with a Mexican girl, and what his grandmother and mother used to tell him was the contrary because he married a Japanese girl. Furthermore, Soto narrates that he was truly in love with a farmer Japanese girl, and knew that she was the right woman. When his mother and grandmother asked questions about her his concern was visible because he knew that she was not Mexican. Also Soto narrates how his family wanted him to marry a woman with the same social class, as him and started to worry about it because the girl he met came from farmer’s parents and he thought that she had a different social class. Soto explains how he met the Japanese’s girl family and how he felt when he arrived to her house to meet her parents. In brief Soto also shares what he observed during the time he spend at the house of the Japanese girl, and shares that he wanted to run away from her house. At the end he shares that he realized that they were more common that he though, because they had the same social class. (575-778)
Growing Up Soto learned from his family different ideologies about girls, and marrying a same social class woman as he became an adult his ideologies changed....
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...he race, and culture. Which it was not a big deal because they were like Mexican just with a different language, and traditions. Lastly Soto says” I looked back, waving, then gawking at a window screen where there were now three kittens clawing and screaming to get in, like Mexican, I thought. I remembered the Molinas and how the cats clung to their screens –cats they shot down with squirt guns. On the highway, I felt happy, pleased by it all. I patted Carolyn’s thigh. Her people were like Mexican, only different.” (578) This quotation proves that Soto feels like the kittens trying to fit in in Carolyn 's family, it seems that when he describes the kittens clawing and screaming, is how he felt at that moment desperate and scared trying to fit in in an unknown culture for him. realizing that there were similitudes between them made him felt comfortable with himself.
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