In this collection of essays, the author recalls time spent listening to her grandmother telling stories as well remembering stories from her youth spent in Paterson, New Jersey. Readers might wonder if the ground, or life, is too dirty, or difficult, for Elena to come in contact with it. Of the Hispanic group, many have cultural roots in Peru, Colombia, the , and Puerto Rico. The defines as an American writer a person writing in English within the boundaries of the United States who's an American citizen. All those rooms that have been hidden from her will finally be revealed, as if to complete the stories she's been watching through the kitchen window.
Also she is sensitive to the bullies and to Eugene's mom. I don't think I want to do that. Their problems are put to the side as they contemplate what this loss might mean to the president's family, to the nation, and to them. Kennedy was rushed to the hospital. But seriously, I believe that inspiration is actually the culmination of a process of gestation. The building is big, dark, and dilapidated.
Be prepared to introduce related issues and to ask pointed questions to keep the discussion lively. All she remembers of her visits there is a bunch of strangers that crowded around her telling her that they were her aunts, uncles, and cousins. So I would say to a new writer, unless you want to be haunted by this phantom specter, by this thing that lets its presence be known in your life on a daily basis, unless you want to give your best hours to this, and the best years of your life, don't do it. Kennedy was touring Dallas, Texas, in a convertible limousine. I'd be rich if I put into examining the stock market all the effort I put into writing a poem.
When someone gives an implication, you can infer meaning. Hundreds of thousands of people wanted to pay their last respects to the young president. Eugene may be merely the means of entry to the house that Elena has been fantasizing about for so long. She likes her perch, which allows her to look down into the neighbor's yard. The Passaic River, upon whose banks the city was founded, has seventy-seven-foot-high waterfalls that provide the power to run many of the country's textile mills. Eugene's mom discriminated against Elena for no reason, just based off where she lived. Both women do not want to be where they are presently living.
Elena does not talk very much about him. Elena also sees that the family never sits down at the kitchen table together. Create a character web describing your ideal friend - girl or boy Try to brainstorm as many qualities as you can! Assassination of President John F. Theme The overall theme of the story is to show the reader how people can discriminate against someone for the smallest reasons, like where they live and to show how it can hurt someone. What I learned about art from her was that it wasn't so much the facts as the poetic truth that was being made.
The skies are dark, and when it snows, the icy crystals change from white to gray because of the dirt and grime of the city. Although Cofer's writing has earned the author many awards, most of the critical attention on her work is focused on her novels. Books just don't get written as a hobby. For example, the black girls at school make fun of Elena but focus their taunts on her skinniness. Does it seem happy orsad? This excellent short account is, in fact, centered on inner conflict within Elena herself, and the huge gap between her hopes and dreams and the cruel reality, which young girl has to face due to her ethnicity. My love is literature in all its forms by all its practitioners. She can hardly fathom that Elena would do anything but go to church with her and pray after President Kennedy's death is announced.
How will I do on a retest? Let me show you what I have. Elena guessed the old man had died. Elena's greatest desire is to be at that table next to him. What aspects of American history are brought into the story, and how do they affect the characters? Their assignment is to interview someone who was alive at the time. Shame Elena, the protagonist of this story, mentions several times that she feels shame—a sense of disgrace or a feeling of inadequacy.
She could tell a lot about what was going on in their lives by the activities in their kitchen. When he dismisses them from school, he does so with anger and frustration. The prejudice and bias she experiences teach her that dreams present challenges that must be overcome. In some cases, this might be true. Gonzalez's popular book provides profiles of Latino immigrant families.