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English 339V Notes Week of February 29, 2016-March 04, 2016

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English 339V Notes Week of February 29, 2016-March 04, 2016 Englush 339V

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Notes covering books and poems that were apart of required reading for this week
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This 6 page Class Notes was uploaded by Akuadasuo Notetaker on Sunday March 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Englush 339V at New Mexico State University taught by in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 12 views. For similar materials see Chicano Literature in Foreign Language at New Mexico State University.


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Poem Notes  Women Are Not Roses o Direct title o Short stanzas and lines o Lower case i in last stanza  Atypical o Each stanza is a sentence o Use od natural pauses o Internal rhyme o Takes away symbolism associated with women and states “women are just  women”  Leaves the question “What are women?”  Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway o About the speaker’s resolution to integrate her mother and grandmother’s  philosophy into what she is o Each stanza talks about something different  Each stanza represents a different chapter o Stanza 5  The spacing is different from the rest  A lot of dialogue o 6 numbered stanzas o Stanza 2  Talks about she could never decide what she wanted to be  She’s the care taker  Talks about how she fell into this role  Language barrier within family  She has to read the mail because the rest of her family doesn’t speak  English  Translates for grandparents o Stanza 3  Imagery of birds  Grandmother interprets world through the birds  Says the seagulls mean there is a storm coming  3 generations of family living together  The grandfather is an alcoholic o Stanza 4  Talks more about the second generation  “It’ s her own fault…”  Shows anger  Writer continually questions why she stayed that long o Stanza 5  This stanza is different from the rest  This stanza represents fear  The disorganization shows the thought process of fear o When you’re scared you have no time to organize your  thoughts o Stanza 6  1  generation is speaking to the 2  generation  She’s saying I hear you mom, and I see what happened to grandma, but  what do I do?  My Wicked Wicked Ways o Very disruptive  When she described how they were when they were younger and older o Simplicity of sentences o Family poem o Describes how they have changed, and as she grew older she got tired of his bad  habits o “This is my father” stanza  as if she’s holding up a actual photograph o “This is my mother”  Excuses her mother’s look of crying  Knows her father is a womanizer and that is the reason her mother might  be crying but doesn’t want to except the truth yet So Far From God Notes Main characters  Sofia: Sophos (Greek): Wisdom and Knowledge  Esperanza: Hope  Fe: Faith  Caridail: Charity  La Loca o How is Loca crazy? The House on Mango Street Notes  Sense of woman coming together Style  Setting/Where? o Micro setting: the street o Macro setting: Mango Street  Community of women  Poor  Multiple populations  Disenfranchisement of people  Its not all happy  Doesn’t meet all good people  Women are in spaces looking out but typically kept in  Keeping an eye on things  Watching the younger girls such as Esperanza  Space of mobility for Esperanza  Sense of safety due to the sense of community  Damaging incidents where Esperanza is prayed upon happen outside of  Mango street  Bum incident  Carnival incident  Photoshop incident  Who? o Family  Most visible characters  These three characters are always there and aren’t going anywhere o Nenny o Mother o Father  Nenny o Esperanza little sister  She’s loyal to her  Also Esperanza’s anger, frustration and resentment o You can’t choose your sisters o Esperanza’s responsibility o Has similar qualities to her sister Esperanza  Esperanza o Independent o Proud of how smart she is  “Hips are scientific”  How much does she think she knows vs how much  does she actually know? o Star struck character o Defined by the oldest daughter position  Second mother o Mom wants her to turn out different than she did o Special bond with her father  Father  Mother  Kiki and Carlos  Only see them a few times  Boys and girls live in separate worlds  Sally, Marin, Alicia  These are the girls that are older than Esperanza and her friends  Sally o Not necessarily older than Esperanza but her experience  makes her older o Closest to Esperanza out of the three o Physically and most likely sexually abused by her father o “Eyes like Egypt” o The boys think she is beautiful o Has pretty black hair o Knows seduction and power of her beauty o She’s different when she goes home  Fearful  Alicia o Represents the importance of education o Goes to the university o Mother is dead o A good girl in Esperanza’s eyes and is afraid of nothing o Has a sense of what she wants to be and do  What Esperanza admires most  Marin o Esperanza gets an inside look of experience from Marin o She is Puerto Rican not Chicana o Getting married to her boyfriend back in Puerto Rico o Seen as to much trouble by her Aunt and Uncle o She smokes o Believes what matters is “for the boys to see us and for us  to see them” o Wears short skirts, has pretty eyes, and is older o Represents confidence o Esperanza doesn’t want to be waiting like Marin  How? o Captures a lot through point of view o Esperanza POV is naïve  “She can’t hang out with those Vargas kids or she’ll turn out just like  them”  Stylistic mechanism of hearing adult voices through Esperanza  Adult perspective is included in Esperanza speech  Use of metaphor  “until them I am a red balloon tied to an anchor” o Noticed but she can not go away on her own o Color red  Seeking attention  Attention grabber  Passionate  Sexuality also associated  Dreams of love o Tethered  Represents safety but also limitation  She can only get so far o Balloons  Represent happiness, birthday parties, celebration,  childhood  Single balloon  Represents loneliness  Childhood almost floating away  Show who Esperanza is as a character  “these four skinny trees” o representation of her and her friend’s friendship o have to establish roots in order for them to reach forward  with their futures o they support one another o Tropes  Houses  Hips  Equal womanhood  For dancing or holding a baby on your hip  “If you don’t get them you might turn into a man” o Child Narratives  Fairy Tales  Nursery Rhymes  Why? o Esperanza in the process of loosing innocence  Sexuality  What does it mean for Esperanza in terms of vulnerability and  power?


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