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Heart of the Aztlan

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Heart of the Aztlan

In the novel Heart of the Aztlan written by Rodolfo Anaya I found many interesting comments or cultural beliefs that I could relate to. I found this book to be easy reading there weren't many difficult vocabulary words to stumble over and it was interesting to read because of the words that were thrown in the story that were written in Spanish. Coming from a Chicano background, I was able to relate to some of the characters and what they were going through. This book is an eye opener and allows you to see how Chicanos before you suffered and treated poorly and expected to be of lower class due to their race. They weren't expected to get a high education and get good jobs, they were to do hard labor work and barely get by. In this story there are many themes such as family values, religion, gender roles, expectations, language, and cultural customs. It also explains what the family experiences when they move from their small village to a large city. The story starts off with the Chavez family living in a small town called Guadalupe and they end up moving to a city named Albuquerque to make a better life a fresh start. The Chavez family move when Benjamin is fourteen years of age. The main characters in the story are the members of the Chavez family: Clemente (father), Adelita (mother), Roberto (eldest son), Juanita (high school graduate), Ana (High school drop out), Jason, and Benjamin (known as Benjie). In this story there are a couple of other significant characters, one of those being Willie, a friend of Jason, and Jason's girlfriend Christina. In this story it shows how with the Latino culture it is extremely male (macho) dominant and shows a great deal of gender roles. In the story of Heart of Aztlan Clemente Chavez has a hard time adjusting to his new environment. In the city his daughters begin to work and they give their mother Adelita money to help out their parents because it is hard for just...