In Judith Cofer Ortiz’s short story “Abuela Invents the Zero”, through making her Abuela feel worthless, Constancia learns that internal respect comes from how other people value their contribution instead of external judgment. After the conflict, Abuela indirectly tells Constancia that “the worst [thing to be done to a person] is to make them feel as if they are worth nothing” (Ortiz 2). Through this proverb, Abuela proved that her worth did not rely on Constancia's acceptance, but on how much Constancia valued her. Therefore, Constancia realizes that Abuela, a single mother with ten children, gains respect simply because people appreciate her accomplishments. Furthermore, after realizing her mistake, Constancia “can feel [herself] shrinking
Connie, from "Abuela Invents the Zero" by Judith Ortiz-Cofer, decided to put her feelings in front of Abuela's when she chose not to help when Abuela could not find her way back to the pew in the church. When Connie noticed that Abuela was lost, she decided not to help her because, "I just know that on Monday my friends, and my enemies, in the barrio will have a lot of senile -grandmother jokes to tell" (Ortiz-Cofer para 14). Connie put her feelings before Abuela because she did not want….
In Abuela Invents the Zero by Judith Ortiz Cofer, Constancia meets her grandmother for the first time, which leads to her being ashamed of being with her grandmother because she acts and dresses differently; that makes Abuela very sad that her grandmother. The theme is given people with the utmost respect, or you will lose the respect from the other person. To begin, the main character named Constancia and her family picks up her Abuela. Constancia’s mother tells her about the stories of her mother….
either be harmful or positive for them. In the stories, “Abuela Invents the Zero” and “Home” personal experiences change not only their values but also make them realize their mistakes. Throughout the story they struggle with certain situations because of their values, but ultimately these situation are what make them reevaluate their values.
The values of a person is what causes them to act a certain way. In the story “Abuela Invents the Zero” Constancia, the protagonist, cares only about what others….
to do something is life experiences. The way they handle the situation is based off what they have learned through their life.
In the excerpt from “Abuela Invents the Zero” by Judith Ortiz-Cofer, the narrator, Constancia had scarcely met Abuela, her grandmother and Abuela troubling her made her make the decision not to help her. Judith Ortiz-Cofer states, “I [Constancia] had seen her only three or four times in my entire life” (para. 2). This sentence shows that….
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….
Abuela Invents a Zero
“Your actions speak louder than words” explains how what you physically do affects someone more than what you actually say. On the other hand what you say can have different meanings, and what you do can change the way you’re stating something. Furthermore, the quote is similar to “Abuela events a zero”, explaining how Constancia promises her mother she’ll show her Abuela respect, but instead her actions show the opposite. The theme of the story, is respect….
Well that is exactly what happened in these two stories. Both of the artists in the stories I picked have the same type of character. Both characters do not understand what they’re doing wrong until the end of the stories. In the story “Abuela Invents The Zero” a young girl named Constanci lives in the US. Constancias grandmother is coming to visit her in the US. Her grandmother has only seen Constancia twice in her lifetime. But The two do not have a good relationship. As shown when the two walk….
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….
something? Every book has a character that values something. In the story “Abuela invents the zero”, the main character values herself and her free time to herself. And in the poem” Mother to son”, the mom values her son’s future in life. In both the stories, Abuela invents the zero and Mother to son” the author have the main characters experience important life values they will never forget.
In the story “abuela invents the zero”, constancia values herself and her free time way more than her family….