16 Matching Annotations
  1. Apr 2023
    1. We understand it, and we don't. It's irreducible; it can't be summarized or described; we feel something we can't describe.

      We understand it, and we don't. It's irreducible; it can't be summarized or described; we feel something we can't describe.

    2. Sandra Cisneros

      Sandra Cisneros is an incredibly influential Chicana writer, poet, and essayist. Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954 and is best known for her novel, “The House on Mango Street”, which tells the story of a young Mexican-American girl growing up in the quarter of Hispanic Chicago. Cisneros has inspired the work of many Chicana and Latina writers and her influence on Mexican-American literature can’t be overstated.

    3. The beginning of a novel is, variously, a social contract negotiation, an invitation to a dance, a list of rules of the game, and a fairly complex seduction.

      This metaphor suggests that the beginning of a novel: 1. Sets the stage for the reader's expectations and the author's responsibilities 2. Should be alluring and captivating to make the reader want to keep reading 3. Should be clear and concise to avoid confusion or misunderstanding. 4. Should be seductive and irresistible to make the reader want to keep reading.

    4. demure

      "Demure" means reserved, modest, and shy.

    5. ensnared

      "Ensnared" means trapped. Here, Prose writes that because the concept of "beauty" is so complex and difficult to define, many academics and artists agree not to use the word. I think one could also argue that the word's meaning is so vast and overarching that it has little to no communicative value. What is yall's opinion on the word "beauty"? Do you think it can be adequately defined? If so, how would you define it?

  2. Mar 2023
    1. Which is

      Within this autobiography, the phrase "which is to say" is found at the beginning of practically every paragraph. What are your thoughts as a reader on the motivations behind Jose Antonio Rodriguez's decision to do this? It's possible he's trying to convey how deeply he thinks about topics while also demonstrating how rarely he shares those things with others. It's almost as if all of these thoughts are being expressed all at once. 

    2. "Háblame en español"

      This phrase, when translated into English, means "Talk to me in Spanish."

    3. "Cálmate, cálmate,

      In English, this phrase would be translated as "calm down, calm down."

    4. Those symbols of great wealth and the reality of their lives noisily clashed.

      This is a very strong line from Rodriguez's autobiography. It encapsulates the autobiography's central conflict: Rodriguez's Mexican-American identity and his desire to assimilate into American culture and achieve wealth and status. It also exemplifies the memoir's broader theme of the complexity of identity and how individuals negotiate the conflicting cultural and social expectations placed on them.

    5. At seventeen I still didn’t know how to read, but those pictures confirmed my identity.

      This was a particularly strong line in Baca's memoir. He's referring to the book "450 Years of Chicano History in Pictures," which he stole from the hospital's reference library. The book included images of Chicano history and culture, which helped Baca understand and accept his Chicano identity. This realization instilled in him a sense of pride and belonging that he hadn't experienced before.

    6. There is a rebel in me—the Shadow-Beast. It is a part of me that refuses to take orders from outside authorities.

      Anzaldua uses a metaphor to describe the part of her that refuses to take orders from outside authorities and hates any kind of limitations. She personifies her rebellion as a powerful and uncontrollable force within her.

    1. Kids barefoot/snotty-nosed        playing marbles/munching on bean tacos        (the kind you’ll never find in a café)        2 peaceful generations removed from        their abuelos’ revolution.

      The word choice and setting here work together to create a vivid image of poverty and tradition. The use of "bean tacos" emphasizes the cultural roots of the community, while the mention of "2 peaceful generations removed" emphasizes how long it has been since the revolution that inspired those roots.

  3. Feb 2023
    1. I am the despots Díaz                and Huertaand the apostle of democracy,                Francisco Madero.

      While Joaquin identifies with beloved figures in Mexican history, such as Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Maria Morelos, Vicente Guerrero etc, he also identifies with the infamous dictator of Mexico, Porfirio Diaz, who served as president for over 20 years until he was overthrown in 1911, during the Mexican Revolution. Why do y'all think Joaquin identifies with both the good and the bad of his people? Is it because he does not have a choice? I am not sure but I would like to know what y'all think.


    2. I am Cuauhtémoc

      Throughout the poem, Joaquin embodies various historical figures from Mexican history, including Cuauhtémoc (the last emperor of Tenochtitlan), Miguel Hidalgo (the father of Mexican Independence), Jose Maria Morelos (military leader during the Mexican War of Independence), Vicente Guerrero (2nd president of Mexico), Benito Juárez (26th president of Mexico), Pancho Villa (General in the Mexican Revolution which overthrew Porfirio Diaz), and Emiliano Zapata (key leader in the Mexican Revolution). All of these people are shown to care deeply about their people and their country, and their lives and deaths are seen as important parts of the story of Mexico and its path to independence and freedom.

      https://www.britannica.com/biography/Cuauhtemoc https://www.britannica.com/biography/Miguel-Hidalgo-y-Costilla https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jose-Maria-Morelos https://www.britannica.com/biography/Vicente-Guerrero https://www.britannica.com/biography/Benito-Juarez https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pancho-Villa-Mexican-revolutionary https://www.britannica.com/biography/Emiliano-Zapata

    3. I am the masses of my people and I refuse to be absorbed.                I am Joaquín.The odds are greatbut my spirit is strong,                        my faith unbreakable,                        my blood is pure.I am Aztec prince and Christian Christ.                I SHALL ENDURE!                I WILL ENDURE!

      The final stanza adequately represents the theme of "Yo Soy Joaquin", which is cultural identity.  Joaquin represents his people and rejects assimilation into American society at large. Joaquin's pledge of endurance demonstrates his resolve to uphold his cultural identity in the face of any difficulties. 

    4. I am Joaquín,who bleeds in many ways.The altars of Moctezuma                I stained a bloody red.        My back of Indian slavery                Was stripped crimson        from the whips of masters        who would lose their blood so pure        when revolution made them pay,standing against the walls of Retribution.

      I believe Rodolfo Gonzales uses this powerful imagery of a Native American back bloodied from the whips of imperialist masters to show how strong and unbreakable his people are. They stand free today after having endured centuries of abuse and mistreatment.