The Importance of the Elderly in Rudolfo Amaya´s A Celebration of Grandfathers
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“If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength,” (Proverb). Remember sitting on the porch swing with grandpa and listening to him rant and rave about what seemed utterly irrelevant? What about the time that you got backhanded for rolling your eyes at crazy Mrs. Roberts when she would preach ‘life lessons’ at you? However, with age, it has become more and more apparent that maybe Mrs. Roberts wasn’t that far off from what is really the problems most fail to see. In today’s generation, the elderly have often been put on the back burner when they shouldn’t be. Although at times it might seem like the young are utterly invincible, the harsh truth is that there is so much knowledge we are yet to possess, residing within our elders. In Rudolfo Anaya’s A Celebration of Grandfathers, we see just how important Grandpa’s extraneous rants actually were.
In Anaya’s A Celebration of Grandfathers, abuelo shares with us the cold truth that the type of men has changed throughout time, whether we know it or not. In this particular section of the story Grandpa states, “They don’t make men like that anymore.” In this, Grandpa is telling mi hijo that there is a difference between the way men should be, and the way men are now a days. In this story, Grandfather is speaking about a man that left an impression on the people, but this applies to life in every aspect as well. Rita Pierson once said, “Every child deserves a companion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that the can possible be.” (Pierson, Rita) In this, we see that now only are men not made this way anymore, but the importance of the men that are. Both of these two quotes are proof...
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