Connie's Reputation In Abuela Invents The Zero

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One of the themes of “Abuela Invents the Zero” is that respecting your family is more important than keeping up your reputation. This theme begins developing early in the story as we see that Connie cares much more about her reputation than her grandmother. It’s clear that Connie doesn’t respect her grandmother at first, calling her “ridiculous” (30) and being so embarrassed by her that she tries to “walk far behind them in public so that no one will think we’re together.” On the other hand, she cares a great deal about her friends, which is especially clear when Connie only agrees to bring her Abuela to church so that she can go to the mall with her friends.
Connie’s choice to care more about her friends and reputation than her grandmother

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