Abuela Invents The Zero Summary

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Our actions can either make something better, or worse. In the short stories “Abuela Invents the Zero” by Ortiz Cofer and “Home” by Anton Chekhov, both main characters had things going on that changed their lives. Constancia (Ortiz) has made her grandmother feel bad about how she is. Seryozha (Anton) has been smoking at the age of seven. Although both characters don’t go through the same thing, however, they end up with the same problem. Constancia and Seryozha both end up making their lives worse all because of their actions. Constancia actions messed her up and her grandmother, because she was saying rude stuff about her grandmother and her grandmother got offended. Seryozha started to smoke, since he started to smoke, he started to hurt …show more content…
Constancia was judging her grandmother for how she looked and how she got lost at church. “It is January, two feet of snow on the ground, and she's wearing a shawl over a thick black dress. And that’s just the start,” states how Constancia was judging her grandmother. Seryozha on the other hand started to smoking and no one cared when they found out. “I can picture the little cherub with a cigarette in his mouth,” indicated that people started to find out about Seryozha smoking but no one really worried about it. Later on throughout the stories, the characters slowly start to do the same thing. As you can see, both characters did something and people didn’t care neither did they. Therefore, some actions are not affecting us right now, but they will later …show more content…
Constancia didn’t like her grandmother and would say how ridiculous she looked. This is stated in the text when Constancia has to take her grandmother to church “So since she’s only four feet eleven inches tall, she walks around in my mother’s big black coat looking ridiculous.” Later on, Constancia got in trouble with her mom and gets sent to her room. “That’s when I’m sent to my room to consider a number I hadn’t thought much about-until today,” states how she got sent to her room to think about what she had done. Seryozha started to take his father's tobacco and smoke it. Later on, Seryozha gets in trouble for smoking his father’s tobacco and for smoking it in the first place. “In the first place, you ought not to take tobacco that does not belong to you.” states that Seryozha has been taking his father’s tobacco, which he’s not supposed to. Notice how at first, both characters said or did stuff they weren’t supposed to, well now all that is affecting them at the end of the story. Going back to the beginning, both characters go through different situations, but end up with the same problem. Constancia hurts her grandmother's feelings and makes her feel like she’s nothing. “You made me feel like a zero, like a nothing,” indicates how Constancia made her grandmother feel worthless. Seryozha starts to smoke and he is ruining his body as stated in the text “Your chest is weak, you haven’t reached your full

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