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1. TITLE of document? WHO wrote this document (include all relevant facts about author's occupation, background, etc.)? The title of the document was I Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. It was written by Rigoberta Menchu. Rigoberta Menchu was born on January 9, 1959 to a poor Indian peasant family and raised in the Quiche branch of the Mayan culture. In her early years she helped with the family farm work, either in the northern highlands where her family lived, or on the Pacific coast, where both adults and children went to pick coffee on the big plantations. 2. What type of document is it?
I Rigoberta Menchu : An Indian Woman in Guatemala is a autobiography.
3. Write a detailed SUMMARY of this document. Clearly and concisely discuss the nature, scope, and thesis. (After reading this section I should know exactly what the document is about and what it addresses).
This book is completely filled with cultural insights and details, and Rigoberta tells us her story with eagerness and an inner strength that can obviously only come from years of persecution. Although her reasons for narrating her story are to enlighten the rest of the world to the situation of the Indians in Guatemala, she chooses to focus on her culture and their customs instead of the many mass atrocities committed by the "ladinos", landowners, and government in her country. In my opinion, this is a much more effective technique in gaining the audience's sympathy and respect, because she gives us so much to sympathize with. She gives her readers a base of understanding of her culture that the oppressors in her country do not have. I believe that anyone who reads this book learns how hard it was for Indians in Guatemala. They had it very tough and their lives were very stressful, especially for women. Although she does tell us about the many deaths she witnessed at the hands of her oppressors and about...
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