Analysis Of Bodega Dreams By Ernesto Quinonez Essay

2005 Words Apr 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Over the years, many authors have gotten ideas from works previously written. A few elements are used here and there, but most of the plot and characters are the author 's own. However, in Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez, most of the book contains more than just elements from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. At the beginning of Bodega Dreams, a reader may begin to believe the characters and the plot are taken directly from The Great Gatsby as there are connections linking the plots, Chino and Nick and Bodega and Gatsby together. Even as the story progresses, the reader sees these connections and even a few lines from Fitzgerald 's novel. Yet there is a division. As Dwyer says, the book isn 't plagiarism rather “imitation”, which is a revising of the original author 's work (166). This imitation affects how the reader reacts to the book while reading it. The view of the characters may be influenced and expectations about what will happen in the plot are formed. Although this is intentional on Quiñonez 's part, the reader may have to take a step back and look at the two books separately in order to fully understand his book because “literature we 've encountered prior to this reading...will influence us as well” (Tyson 165). It 's after a reader looks at both works together and individually does she begin to understand the work more fully. In the case of these two books, we see the individual characters, plots, and how the dreams and lives of characters have changed…

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