• Poems
    For this paper I will be discussing three poems. They are Wood Butcher by Norman Hindley, Behind Grandma's House by Gary Soto, and Manners by Elizabeth Bishop. I will be examining the common theme I found throughout the three poems. I found that to be how the relatives teach lessons to their...
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  • 1950's Nostalgia
    outside. The issue that the “perfect” family is present in an important part of the advertisement, represent the idea that the people still want to live in that way, because the reality as Gary Soto show us is very different and difficult, and in the other hand as Coontz explain the ideal of...
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  • Soto Like Mexicans
    Like Mexicans Gary Soto (1952 -) My grandmother gave me bad advice and good advice when I was in my early teens. For the bad advice, she said that I should become a barber because they made good money and listened to the radio all day. “Honey, they don’t work como burros,” she would say...
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  • Harmony at Home
    Synopsis. One of the more interesting essays in Rereading America by Colombo, Cullen, and Lisle was “Looking for Work” by Gary Soto. “Looking for Work” is a narrative of a nine year old Mexican American boy who really desires his family to be the perfect family. His assertion is that he is...
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  • Gary Soto
    Final Essay: Gary Soto Gary Soto, born on April 12th, 1952 is a proud Mexican-American that grew up in a very low class neighborhood in Fresno, California with both of his parents (Gillespie, Becker 100). Soto exclaimed that he was marginal kid; this means that he could have either ended up...
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  • Rsearch Paper of Cherokee Indain
    "Cherokee Rose" was something I have heard of my great-great -grandma and was past down to her mom and down the family and I am one that know some of it to and one my great-aunt that came out here grandma. That was my great-great-grandma * Person I talk about was my great-aunt Ilene Soto she just past...
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  • Gary Soto's Like Mexicans: Personal Experiences
    Gary Soto's Like Mexicans: Personal Experiences My decision to write in response to Gary Soto's work, "Like Mexicans" was influenced for the most part because of the similarities between myself and Gary Soto, and our families included. Gary Soto is a Mexican American male, who grew up in...
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  • Soto
    type of home is the type of home an average American living in poverty resides in. "Black Hair" a personal memoir by Gary Soto has brought up some of these important questions, what is poverty? How is poverty defined? And finally how do you differentiate between someone who is poor or compare to...
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  • Love: Oranges from When I Knew a Woman
    the poem “Oranges” by Gary Soto we are introduced to the idea of the author’s first love. When one first reads the poem it should be noticed that the voice of the poem was only at the tender age of twelve the first time he talked with a girl. Through the use of tone, contesting imagery, and symbolism...
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  • Grandma's House
    2 Grandma’s House I remember going to Grandma’s house fondly. I loved my grandma, and going to Grandma’s was...
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  • Waku Wako
    . 277 pages. Ages 12 - 15 Soto, Gary . Baseball in April and Other Stories. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990. 109 pages. Ages 11-14 Woodson, Jacqueline. I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This. Delacorte, 1994. 115 pages. Ages 11 - 14 Woodson, Jacqueline. If You Come Softly. Putnam, 1998. 181 pages. Age 13...
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  • Family
    circumstances of its “family” members. Moving on to the much different narrative entitled, Looking for Work by Gary Soto were we take a look at a nuclear family that is much different. The life of a Mexican American boy who strives for nothing less than for his family to be “perfect” like he sees on...
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  • Evolution of Society
    compare with the moral values, beliefs and structure of the 1950's. It is not uncommon to see men of today, staying home, raising the children, and maintaining order in the house. The wife on the other hand may be the breadwinner, and support the family financially. Along with this, families do not...
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  • Chicanos in the Jungles of America
    Chicanos in the Jungles of America “Shhhh, be quiet, they’ll hear us! You wanna get us all killed!?” How can one live in constant fear of being sent to war? How is one able to live in a society that puts down a community of people? In Gary Soto’s novel Jesse the lives of Chicano males are tested...
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  • Dysfuctional Family Life
    work. According to Andrew Marshall (2003), the important thing to remember is not labeling one dysfunctional, but having an idea of how to overcome it. Gary Soto (2004), in his essay, remembers the neighbors watching him and his brother "jump from the trees laughing – the unkillable kids of the very...
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  • Mountain Biking
    the borders of tobacco and corn fields, and through the woods behind our house in rural North Carolina. Whenever I could, I rode with my bike with three scraggly negro kids from the south side of town, all who owned funky bikes just like mine.      My most memorable rides, however, were those I did...
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  • It's Your Family
    families portrayed in the 1950’s were indirectly labeled as a standard living for traditional family values in America. As happy and great it may have seemed to be, there was also a lot of sad and destructive things behind the scenes. Racism and discrimination was undeniably high, and the freedom to...
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  • Waking Up to Reality
    and the Pursuit of happiness” (US Declaration Ind.) were the real goals citizens sought in this country. The American Dream today is now based on social ranking and how the society views you. Social status means everything to some people, when they really don’t need it at all. Gary Soto was one...
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  • Syllabus English
    Sample Student Response p.895 b. Read Kenneth Fearing, “AD” p. 896 c. Read E. E. Cummings, “next to of course god america i” p. 897.Homework: Read Gary Soto, “Behind Grandma’s House” pp. 914.BCR: Identify the central irony of this poem? Support your response with specific and relevant...
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  • Yesy
    “A SUMMER LIFE” by Gary Soto I knew enough about hell to stop me from stealing. I was holy in almost every bone. Some days I recognized the shadows of angels flopping on the backyard grass, and other days I heard faraway messages in the plumbing that howled underneath the house when I crawled...
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