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    In the novel, Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel uses magical realism to tell the story of a young girl and her family during Mexican Revolutionary times. Tita’s forbidden love with Pedro causes many complications for the family. Because of the magical elements that Esquivel adds to the novel, unusual circumstances occur to Tita and the people around her causing chaos and tragedies among them. Esquivel uses Tita and Gertrudis’ experiences of high temperature to represent their ability to nurture a successful relationship, unlike John, who does not have any experience with heat. Esquivel adds temperature to support her claim by using Tita is an example of a successful relationship. At the moment that Tita offers her breast for Pedro to look at, “Tita knew through her own flesh how fire transforms the elements, how a lump of corn flour is changed into a tortilla, how a soul that hasn 't been warmed by the fire of love is lifeless, like a useless ball of corn flour” (67). Like the many times that Pedro gives Tita heat, this heat signifies the presence of true love. The fire awakes her soul, giving her life again. Whenever Pedro showers her with love, Tita body can sense the inner fire in her. “Fire transforms the elements” like water being vaporized into air through the use of heat. The water vaporizing symbolizes her happiness and fulfillment of life because air can is move around freely without restriction. This is like how Pedro frees Tita’s life and teaches her how to…

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    In short fiction, characters will go through a series of events causing them to question or reflect upon their life or the world around them. Most of the time, these characters will go through some sort of change, either positive or negative. However, in some cases characters will go through these life-altering events and not change at all. In the story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Connie struggles with wanting to be an adult, but is also scared of what that means, until her…

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    3 YEARS PREVIOUS Patches of grey light twinkled in through the dusty blinds. Dark blue, sheer curtains lazily swept over them. Papers upon papers lay littered around the room. They lied on the unmade bed, the unvacuumed floor, and the little desk next to the door. They were under piles of unwashed clothes and stuck in-between text-books from the local college. None of the papers were blank, but scattered with tatters of poetry. Each writing was on a receipt, a menu, a corner of a paper, a gum…

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    What is perseverance? The dictionary describes it as “the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult.” Merriam-Webster (2015). The act of finalizing perseverance is complete success. So I evaluated people in my desired profession, and one lady stood out among the rest. Through her trials as press secretary of the Clinton Administration she demonstrated one consistent trait. Dee Dee Myers would persevere. Dee Dee Myers, a graduate of Santa Clara…

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    One of the most important mindsets to have before stepping out on the field hockey field, or any field for that matter, is to understand what it is to persevere. To understand what it means to persevere is to understand that you can find the strength to pick yourself up in the last two minutes of the game, put in your best work, and score the winning goal as the buzzer sounds. I always strive to persevere with every minute left in the game and I carry that same mindset off the field.…

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    Anna Duggar has been spending a bit of time with her parents in Florida since her husband Josh Duggar has been in rehab. Now it looks like Anna might be back in Arkansas once again with the rest of the Duggar family. So far she is avoiding her social networks and hasn’t posted in a while, but that doesn’t mean the rest of her family isn’t posting about what is going on. Actually Jessa Duggar went to her Instagram page today to share a few posts that make it appear that Anna is back considering…

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    Perseverance and natural ability to any certain activity is a greatly disputed subject. Does the perseverance to stay and work on skills to improve overall achievement overcome a person's natural ability to do the same skill? Can one who can naturally act get the part that another person has worked many hours for? Perseverance to achieve a goal overcomes any natural ability because a natural ability can only go so far. For example, Two students audition for roles in a summer theater. Both of…

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    The defining moments of our lives are remembered by specific details. The memories of these moments can easily be triggered when least expected. Good or bad, a particular sight, a distinct scent, a familiar noise, or a sweet taste can bring back a moment as if it was being relieved. Esmeralda Santiago faced an experience that took her back to the days of her childhood in the short story “Guavas”. Santiago passed through a fruit display in the local grocery store when she was caught off guard.…

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    Summary Of Cry By Zulema

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    Going back to the first part of this segment, when the narrator is describing how Zulema first told her about how she felt, and what happened after she was told that her mother left, she mentions that Zulema had started crying, and how she had listened through her own tears. “Suddenly she started to sob, holding the photo to her breast. Through my own tears, I heard her describe how she had waited for days on end for her mother’s return…” (Fernández and Franco 386/7) This sentence gives further…

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    The Four Agreements Reflection In the book The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz enlightens us about life. He gives us lessons that can help us in life. We can change our views on life by changing the way we think and act. Don Miguel Ruiz tells us that we are all limiting ourselves and need to open our minds to live an honest life. He tells us the way to do this is by following four agreements that can change your life forever. The first agreement is being impeccable with your word. When I…

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