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Ossa Certified Educator "Casa" is one of Ortiz Cofer's many "ensayos" in which she narrates and analyzes the social customs of Puerto Rican society as they occur in the s. Here in the mahogany parlor, we witness how Mama grandma runs the hour as her listeners, made of four women of different generations from her family, sit to share stories.
The basic theme in "Casa" is, therefore, the tradition of sharing stories, which is a sign of the strong Spaniard influence in the island during this time in history. During the era of the 's, Puerto Ricans of the middle and upper classes had a social tendency to display much Spaniard customs that were quite evident in the idiosyncrasy of the people during that time, and some of hose customs are still quite guarded now in the 21st century.
Judith Ortiz Cofer takes special interest in the custom of storytelling because it denotes, in her eyes, the strongest of Puerto Rican traditions.
She writes how stories that often were told over and over in the household were still listened to with the same degree of interest each time that they were repeated. With time, these ageless stories became more and more embellished.
In the end, the actual story takes a personality of its own and is basically put into a "pool" of stories that will be used for specific reasons and during particular times. For instance, the story of "Maria la Loca" crazy Mary would coincide with someone's engagement or upcoming wedding, since Maria was known for being jilted at the altar and for becoming mad as a result of it.
However, aside from the art of storytelling, Ortiz also honors the unique qualities of Puerto Rican tradition, particularly the tendencies of believing in the supernatural, the ironically yet superbly-powerful role of the matriarch in an otherwise male-dominated society, and the strong bond among parents and their adult children which, in a non-Puerto Rican environment, may seem almost exaggerated.
Therefore, Judith Ortiz focuses on analyzing these specific traditions as a former self-described "Navy Brat" who has seen the differences and similarities of the American and Puerto Rican cultures and who can definitely appreciate the unique traits of both.Abstract. The book Silent Dancing is a collection of poems and short stories that together constitute an autobiographical narrative.
Based on the memories of Cofer’s childhood, the poems and stories are reflections and remembrances about her experiences growing up in two places, Puerto . As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria.
Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo.
Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from grupobittia.com 14 September A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood 1. Questions for Close Reading a. The dominant expression of Cofer’s essay is Mama (Cofer’s Grandmother). Without having to state it, she focuses most of her writing on her Mama’s stories and actions, which helps the reader understand that the essay is mostly about her.
b. An inauguration is not an emergency The word "emergency" is not in the Constitution, partly because the founders of this country intentionally designed a system that reacts slowly to passing fads.
Nov 01, · Judith Ortiz Cofer In Cofer's essay," Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood, she embellishes on her childhood memories. She describes the different generations of women in her family and the many gatherings they would have together. Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin