The two essays, “Summer Rituals” by Ray Bradbury and “The Barrio” by Robert Ramirez, have both plainly established their differences, as well as similarities.The concept of family can be seen in both writings, yet these families do not consist of the same types of people. Yet another aspect in which these two writers diverged and agreed upon would be the neighbourhoods themselves. Through imagery, the authors presented both neighbourhoods in a lively fashion. However, also through imagery, the authors portrayed the cultural contrasts within the two neighbourhoods. Though not constricted to one definition, a family creates a sense of closeness. This concept of family encompasses a major part of both pieces of writing. “Summer Rituals” describes …show more content…
Using both imagery and diction, the two authors have built two neighbourhoods full of life. In “Summer Rituals”, the reader encounters a neighbourhood with friendships so closely intertwined, with phonographs playing in the background, with “chairs scraping from tables”, and with “dishes bubbling in the suds” (Summer Rituals). One does not lose any exuberance when switching over to “The Barrio”. Here the neighbourhood has many components that add to its liveliness. “The tortilleria fires up its machinery three times a day,” “The panaderia sends its sweet messenger aroma,” “The color-splashed homes arrest you eyes,”and “The gardens mutely echo the expressive verses of the colorful houses.” Nevertheless, the neighbourhoods also differ in their own ways. As one reads “The Barrio”, one can feel the preservation of history behind its fences. The communities are “isolated from the rest of the town by concrete columned monuments of progress, and yet stranded in the past.”(The Barrio) The barrio is Spanish speaking and historic. These elements are presented through the author’s diction. Ramirez uses multiple Spanish words to define certain shops or places. However, one does not encounter these differences of the neighbourhood from its surrounding when reading “Summer Rituals.” The neighbourhood, with its people and the activities going on inside it, does not stand out to be any different from other
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As a young child, Rodriguez finds comfort and safety in his noisy home full of Spanish sounds. Spanish, is his family's' intimate language that comforts Rodriguez by surrounding him in a web built by the family love and security which is conveyed using the Spanish language. "I recognize you as someone close, like no one outside. You belong with us, in the family, Ricardo.? When the nuns came to the Rodriquez?s house one Saturday morning, the nuns informed the parents that it would be best if they spoke English. Torn with a new since of confusion, his home is turned upside down. His sacred family language, now banished from the home, transforms his web into isolation from his parents. "There was a new silence in the home.? Rodriguez is resentful that it is quiet at the dinner table, or that he can't communicate with his parents about his day as clearly as before. He is heartbroken when he overhears his mother and father speaking Spanish together but suddenly stop when they see Rodriguez. Thi...
The Alvarez lived in a compound on a respected neighborhood surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins and the grandparents, and were a very well establish family as a result of “benefitting from their support of the people in power” during the revolution against the Haitians (“Julia Alvarez”). In her novel, ...
A growing affluent class called upon the Diaz regime and imported architects to construct buildings in the Zocalo to reflect a “proper” image that drew on influences from Europe and the United States. Johns recognizes the architectural dependence of the influential Mexicans constructing Mexico City when he states, “Mexican architecture, on the other hand, was an expression of a city run by a people who were looking to create their own culture while entirely dependent on the industry and ideas of Europe and America” (22). The same construction that the elite felt was a celebration of a newfound dignity in the Mexican people was criticized, by visitors and locals alike, as grandiose and a futile effort to shield the native roots of a circle of imposters. Johns’s argues that the “Mexicans knew little of their adopted European tradition, had acquired even less of its taste, and enjoyed none of its tranquility” (23). While the influence on the Westside led to development, the squalor and lack of authority of the peasants on the Eastside created mesones, or as Johns described them, “…a little more than ‘a bare spot to lie down in, a grass mat, company with (the) vermin that squalor breeds…’” (48). Politics on the Westside of the Zocalo were concerned little with the living conditions of the majority. No one would undertake the unglamorous task of assisting the poor, but rather they attempted to veil the masses in the shadow of their refined buildings and recent assumption of culture.
From the many non-fiction texts there are, Desert Exile is the next piece to be featured in describing the importance of family. In the reading of Desert Exile, Yoshiko Uchida, the author, talks about what life was like for the Japanese-Americans during World War II. They were taken into internment camps and forced to live in livestock stalls. In the text, Yoshiko Uchida talks about what the weather and how they stuck together when she says, “Shivering in the cold, we pressed close together trying to shield Mama from the wind.” (pg. 302). This is an example of the importance of family because it shows how they are sticking together to protect one member by sacrificing themselves. By sacrificing themselves it shows the unwillingness that being a family can help develop in a
The purpose of the present paper is to discuss Danny Santiago’s short story “Famous all over town”. The main focus will be upon the perspective of the author and the used point of view. In order to have a better support for the analysis, we will be using the following quote as a point of departure: “What is Wollenberg doing, assigning a novel, a work of fiction, in a history class? Doesn 't he know that history is a matter of face, not fiction?” The author presents the life in an East Los Angeles poor neighborhood inhabited by Mexicans. It is worth mentioning right from the very beginning the fact that there is a strong discrepancy between the living standards of the Mexicans from the “barrio” and those of the Americans living in the same town.
Family; a family is any group of individuals living together under a common roof. August Wilson’s “Fences” portrays extremely well the significance of family and what key elements go into each and every family. However, occasionally some members do not have similar values as others when it comes to the responsibility expected by others as a member. The use of metaphors and symbols throughout the play such as baseball and fences illustrate exactly why Troy Maxson’s family life was destined for failure.
The National character relates to the Spain that exists in so much as it is able to be seen and touched. The very word `campos' in the volumes title is suggestive of this aspect of Machado's approach, since it calls to mind an existant, geographical feature to which one is able to relate. The entire work abounds with sensuous description and evocation of the geography and landscape of Spain created by the frequent employment of adjectives, most notably the use of sensory adjectives of sight, smell and touch. This is demonstrated in the opening verse from `Campos de Soria' (CXIII):
In the reading "El Hoyo" the author Mario Suárez deeply describes the city that he lives in which is Tucson, Arizona. In Tucson, Arizona there is a city known as El Hoyo meaning "the hole" in English; El Hoyo is the exact city where Suárez lived. Suárez conveys to the readers that El Hoyo was not the most beautiful place but it had many advantages to those who resided there. He describes a few advantages of the city such as it being a place to get away from bill collectors, hide from the authorities, receive help and a place of celebration. It was a home for Chicanos from all walk of life. The city has its ups and downs but the passion within environment remained the same. Each family was different, came from all sorts of backgrounds and moved to El Hoyo for different reasons. Although different circumstances brought them together it was one thing every person had in common; they were all Chicanos. That realization alone held El Hoyo and its people together.
Throughout the piece, Lopez tone reflects a strong reverence for Pena, demonstrating his interest in the subject. For example, he describes how Pena’s work highlights the “soul of Bogota” and is a “hard, translucent jewel of integration” (Lopez). He emphasizes how he admires Pena’s ability to encapture the beauty
Throughout his novel, Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes effectively uses the transformation of reality to critique and reflect societal and literary norms. In three distinct scenes, Don Quixote or his partner, Sancho, transform reality. Often they are met with other’s discontent. It is through the innkeeper scene, the windmill scene, the Benedictine friar scene, and Quixote’s deathbed scene that Cervantes contemplates revolutionary philosophies and literary techniques. The theme of reality transformation does not even stop there. Sometimes the transformations of reality scenes act as mimetic devices. Ultimately, Miguel Cervantes’ use of transformative scenes acts as a creative backdrop for deeper observations and critiques on seventeenth-century Spanish society.
Family dynamics are patterns in the relationships between family members. Every family has its own dynamics and there are very different from one another because of the many aspects that influence them such as the numbers of members in the family, the personalities of the individuals, the cultural background, the economic status, values, and personal family experiences. This paper will analyze the two different relationship patterns found in the poem “Elegy for My Father, Who Is Not Dead,” by Andrew Hudgins and in the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. By interpreting those two sources through Freud’s concept of family, the family environment and the relationships between the members will be analyzed to illustrate the ways family dynamics
The themes explored in the novel illustrate a life of a peasant in Mexico during the post-revolution, important themes in the story are: lack of a father’s role model, death and revenge. Additionally, the author Juan Rulfo became an orphan after he lost