A Rican Childhood By Judith Ortiz Cofer Essay

922 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Guidance
Growing up with the Latino culture, my mother would tell me stories so that I would behave. The first story that comes to mind is of “El Cucuy” a creature that would kidnap kids who misbehaved. Just how my mother used stories to keep me and my siblings in line, the author 's parents/guardians from “Silk Parachute”, “Grandmother 's Victory” by Maya Angelou, “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, and “Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood” by Judith Ortiz Cofer had their own methods to raise them. I believe that all four essays reinforce, relate, and overlap each other because the outcome of each story is to show how a parent/guardian has an impact on a child’s life by showing them life lessons. “Silk Parachute”, “Grandmother 's Victory”, “Salvation”, and “Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood” are related to each other because they all have to do with the shaping of the author’s identity, are told in first person narrative, and are told from memory. In “Grandmother’s Victory”, Angelou looked up to her Grandmother because of she handled the situation with the “powhitetrash”. When the children are teasing and disrespecting her family in their own store she gets very angry and expresses how she would like to resort to violence. She said “I thought about the rifle behind the door, but i knew I’d never be able to hold it straight, and the .410, our sawed-off shotgun…”(pg.14 p.19) On the other hand, her grandmother would hum religious music and patiently wait for the…

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