Ana Castillo

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  • The Chicano Social Identity

    “La raza! / Méjicano! / Español! / Latino! / Chicano! / Or whatever I call myself / I look the same / I feel the same / I cry / And / Sing the same. / I am the masses of my people and / I refuse to be absorbed. / I am Joaquín” (Gonzales, 1969). These powerful words were taken from Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales’s, poem “I am Joaquin”, which revolutionized the definition of “Chicano” in the late 1900’s. Although many are challenging the traditional definition of Chicano social identity as it was seen during the civil rights movement, it is still valuable and evident in Chicano social identity today. Before going into detail on the definition of Chicano social identity, what is the definition of social identity? In our second lecture, Professor Romero mentioned that social identity is a part of one’s self identity and derives from one’s “knowledge of being a member of categories and groups, together with the value and emotional significance attached to those membership” (Hurtado & Gurin). Traditional Chicano social identity, is definitively composed of three things: cultural pride, “pride in Mexican culture, [and] history, [with] special emphasis upon indigenous heritage” (Lecture: Week One), consciousness, “awareness that Chicanos are and have been unfairly treated” (Lecture: Week One), and commitment to activism, a “lifestyle of social activism and advocacy on behalf of [the] Chicano/Latino community” (Lecture: Week One). Although the definition of traditional Chicano social…

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  • Analysis Of I Just Wanna Be Average, By Ana Castillo

    Average.”, Ana Castillo’s “We Would Like You to Know.”, and Malcolm X’s “Coming to an Awareness of Language.” I chose “I Wanna Be Average.” because he explains his experience in high school, and how he was able to overcome challenges to become successful. This is important to me because many of the situations brought up in the story are very relatable to my high school experiences. “We Would Like You to Know” has descriptions that are connected to current day. It focuses on some of the main…

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  • The Things They Carried Narrative Essay

    Memories and Emotions The work of fiction, The Things They Carry, can be categorized as either a novel or a collection of short stories. If one were to put it into a genre, or a sub-genre, then realistic fiction or a memoire would not be inaccurate. All the stories are told through memory; every chapter is a story told through the point of view of one of the men from the Alpha Company. Half as many chapters are about the surviving characters and them reliving their experiences, but the…

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  • Anorexia In America Essay

    can. Anorexia does not just come to a person at a random time. There is usually always a source that sparks one 's interest. Believe it or not, most of these sources are found on the web that is observed by the whole world. The "10 Thin Commandments" are known by most participants of anorexia or an eating disorder. Some sites even include a pledge such as the "Letter to Ana" pledge that reads: "I pledge to fear food and to see obese images in the mirror, I will worship and pledge to be a…

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  • Argumentative Essay On Pro Ana

    My Friend Ana In a world filled with women of different shapes and sizes, there can only be one true solution to the perfect body. Welcome to the Pro-Ana lifestyle, a blog, out of many, where young, teen girls are introduced to the life of feeding on what people think of them, and nothing else. The beauty of a thin body is all that matters in this lifestyle, and this can only be defined by “ana,” anorexia. “Stay strong. Starve on” is tagged upon multiple posts along with “What the scale says is…

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  • Brush Fire Analysis

    as the Santa Ana Winds.because This wind comes from the desert and then travel around the Southern California area. The Santa Ana Winds are known for being hot and extremely powerful. Due to the conditions of these winds they bring destruction to the areas that they affect. In the passages “The Santa Ana” By Joan Didion and “Brush Fire” by Linda Thomas real life experience of the Santa Ana are revealed. Joan Didion and Lina Thomas both use imagery in their passages to express what the Santa…

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  • Guatemalan Civil War Research Paper

    In the situation of guatemala one of the most important factors to focus on was what each dictator wanted to gain and why, while also analyzing their purpose due to the current situation. After the assassination of Carlos Castillo Armas Guatemalan politics then dissolved into a series of coups and battles for power that were fought between guerrilla forces, each with their own ideology of how the country should be controlled, which started the countries thirty six year war. In the case of…

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  • Broken Spears Summary

    The Spanish siege of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán is largely known today because of the written reports by of those who witnessed it. In 1521 the Spanish took over the capital city of Tenochtitlán, resulting in the ultimate demise of the Triple Alliance. Versions of this historical event tend to vary due to the array of perspectives involved. For instance, whereas Spanish solider Bernal Diaz wrote his personal account The conquest of New Spain, multiple Aztec informants, including Aztec…

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  • Sundiata Women's Roles

    Women throughout the world have always had multiple roles in a society. Some roles were more influential, while others remained more domesticated. Yet, throughout both novels, women shared similar duties. Sundiata, by D.T. Niane, describes the journey of King Sundiata Keita’s road to become ruler of the Mali Empire. The Conquest of New Spain, by Bernal Diaz, recounts the downfall of the Aztec Empire. In the Aztec, Spanish, and Mali Empires women were portrayed as domesticated, were used as a…

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  • Magical Realism In So Far From God

    A Realistic Depiction: A Magical Experience In So Far From God, Ana Castillo attempts to make the traditional Chicano community more accessible to the American society. Castillo delves into a small conservative town where Sofi, a mother who struggles to find her inner strength, lives with her four daughters. In her depiction, Castillo uses magical realism to blur the lines between the real and the unreal in order to enable her characters to challenge the political and religious…

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