“The Stolen Party” by Liliana Heker
Zach Craig b2 2-11-13
“The Stolen Party” by Liliana Heker is a short story about a girl’s life experience that changes her point of view on society. One day, she gets an invitation to a rich daughter’s birthday. Her mother is a maid and works for them. Rosaura’s youth and innocence shows that she doesn’t realize the true meaning of the invitation, and firmly believes that there is no social distinction between the rich and the poor. She believes that even if she is the maid’s daughter she is welcomely accepted in the party. Although she is only nine years old, Rosaura feels confident that she knows more about rich people than her mother. Heker uses symbols and figurative language to convey “to always be yourself.”
Heker used symbolism to show Rosauras connection with Senora Ines and the magician and the monkey. Senora Ines and the magician are taking advantage of somebody that is clueless as to what is going on. Senora Ines led Rosaura to believe that she was Luciana’s friend, but she was really there to be part of the help. At no point of during the birthday party does Rosaura feels exploited by Senora Ines. In fact, she doesn't see any class distinction between the rich and the poor. She is only about nine years old, and to her doing all that work only means to help the rich girl's birthday like any friend would do, and not because she is a maid herself. Rosaura noticed all the other kids got toys when they left, but “ Rosaura really and truly earned it.” (p.111) It was a $20 dollar bill.
Heker used figurative language to show that Rosaura over exaggerates and she will be fine. Rosaura thought if she couldn’t go to Luciana’s party then she would die, and she really wasn’t going to die. "Monkeys at a birthday?” She said. "Get away with you, believing any nonsense you're told!" Rosaura was deeply offended. She thought it unfair of her mother to accuse other rich people of being liars simply because they were rich. She...
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