Literary Analysis for “The Wrong Lunch Line”
The story “The Wrong Lunch Line” by Nicholasa Mohr is about two girls who met at school. They come from different cultures. Yvette is Hispanic and Mildred is Jewish. But despite the differences in religion and traditions, their friendship grew stronger in the school year. One day there was an incident that emphasized the difference between the girls, a difference they didn’t notice until a Jewish holiday when Yvette tried to go in the Jewish lunch line. When the teachers found out about it, they overreacted only because Yvette was not Jewish. The teachers discriminated against her and humiliated her. However, the girls’ friendship was not affected. Sometimes rules affect us in a bad way. The author is trying to teach us that no matter what our differences are, we should learn from each other’s differences and not let any rule or discrimination break that friendship. Mildred and Yvette had different religious beliefs. But this difference didn't affect their friendship. The story explains, “Mildred went to a Hebrew school. Yvette went to Catechism twice a week,” (p.53). In other words, after school each girl went to learn something about their religion. Mildred was Jewish, so she learned more about her religion and Passover, and Yvette was Catholic, so she was preparing for her First Communion and Confirmation. After school and after supper, the girls got together to play outside and to listen to the radio programs they liked at Mildred’s house. These details showed that they liked to spent time together and their different religions weren't a problem. They shared their knowledge of their religion with each other. This difference didn't have a negative effect on their friendship. The story also shows that friendship is relied on, even in bad situations. Yvette was just caught by the teacher for trying to eat lunch with the Jewish children, and tries to rely on Mildred for help. The author says, “She turned to look at...
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