When I Was Puerto Rican Character Analysis

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The name of the book is When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago published in October of 1994. Esmeralda Santiago Story begins in Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of happy and sad moments she was also surrounded by poverty. As she grew up in Puerto Rico she learned how to eat tropical fruits. Being surrounded by trees, frogs, mango, Groves and the taste of delicious fruits. Being exposed to fresh chicken and pork sausages called morcilla. She had to usher a dead boy’s Soul to Heaven accompanied by her mother Ramona.Who made her do this for a friend. Esmeralda is forced to go to New York with her 11 brothers and sisters. Negi was the nickname for Esmeralda. Negi being the oldest has to learn new rules and the English language …show more content…
This is an interesting story with a lot of ups downs twists and turns. She didn’t go to only one school, there were a few others schools she attendant because of the mother and father relationship. This is a sign of poor parenting and it can easily put a child behind academically and also can cause them to have emotional developmental problem, self-esteem issues, separation anxiety and some self-worth issues (S.Pittman). Not being able to keep friends didn’t bother Negi because, she had her brothers and sisters to entertain her. Helping her to understanding the family values. Having family bond and support can help you individuals through difficult times. When she chose to continue her education, her family probably was there to support ever chance they …show more content…
Having to go through uncomfortable things growing up. Like eating the same foods over again, sharing the one bedrooms and bed. Not having the nice clothes like everyone else at school. Maybe, Negi realized she didn’t want to raise her family this way if she ever had one. It could have been she wanted to make her mother proud and this was a way to get closer to her mother. The most important this was this vicious Cycle didn’t repeat itself. When her and her family got to the United stated there was more opportunities, more than Puerto Rico and better education. It became more of a solid foundation. The father was no longer able to hold the mother back. This shows a women over coming abuse and self doubt. Romano never gave up on her kids. Even though she loved Pablo the father. She was smart enough to leave and new it was a better life for her and her children in New

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