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A Letter To God

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on 6 October 2014

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Transcript of A Letter To God

"The flowers were gone from the kidney bean plants.. Lencho's soul was filled with sadness."
"A plague of locusts would have left more than this... the hail has left nothing this year we will have no corn or beans".
"All of our work for nothing... there is no one who can help us!"
"... But don't send it to me through the mail, because the post office employes are a bunch of crooks. Lencho".
"But in the hearts of all who lived in that solitary house in the middle of the valley, there was a single hope: From God".
"Don't be so upset, even though this seems like a total loss".
"What faith! I wish I had the faith of the man who wrote this letter. To believe the way he believes.
"To hope with the confidence.... starting up a correspondence with God!"
Lencho, a farmer, lives with his family in the only house in the valley.
Inciting Incident:
During the morning Lencho scanned the skies and predicted that there would be rain.
Rising Action: Just as Lencho predicted it began to rain, but instead of rain drops it was new coins.
Climax: The “rain” did not go by quickly and end up ruining Lencho’s crops. Without the crops his family would go hungry, so Lencho decides to write a letter to God asking for 100 pesos and mailed it.
Falling Action: The Postmaster sees the Lencho’s letter to God and decides to give him some money along with the other workers at the post office.
Conclusion: Lencho receives the letter with the money, but instead of being greatfull he goes to the post office mad because he only got 70 pesos instead of the 100 and writes another letter to God saying not to send the money through mail because he assumes the post-office employees took 30 pesos from the letter.

A Letter To God
Literary Devices
Imagery: "The house - the only one in the entire valley - sat on the crest of a low hill. From this height one could see the river and, next to the corral, the field of ripe corn dotted with the kidney-bean flowers that always promised a good harvest." (López Y Fuentes, 16). The narrator describes the view from the house giving the reader a vivid insight of the scene.
Irony: "...kidney-bean flowers that always promised a good harvest" (16) represents irony because later in the story, "The flowers were gone from the kidney-bean plants." (17) and could not produce a good harvest.
Simile: "The field was white, as if covered with salt" (17). The author compared the white hail with salt.
Metaphor: "Those aren't raindrops falling from the sky, they're new coins. The big drops are ten-centavo pieces and the little ones are fives..." (López Y Fuentes, 17). Lencho, protagonist, described the large drops of rain as coins.
Personification: "...then affixed to the envelope with a blow of his fist" (19). In this sense, the fist was given a human quality of being able to blow although it is not living.
- The mood went from peaceful to depressing to enlightening during the whole story.
- The point of view in this store was in third person (camera - like).
This shows the narrator focused on all characters.
If it was told from a different perspective, the story would have focused on the thoughts and feelings of that one character.
- Foreshadowing is created by the postmasters quote, this leads the reader to think that he will eventually be the one to send Lencho the money he needs.
Lencho the protagonist and a dynamic character
selfish character
he changes from having hope in :God” to help them, then get frustrated when “god” doesn't give full amount of money.
The postmen : minor character and static character
* do not change throughout the story.*
Lencho's dad: minor character and static character
Hope less
* do not change throughout the story.*
Gregorio Lopez Y Fuentes
Weather and places - "
For an hour the hail rained on the house, the garden and the hillside." (Page 17)

Places -
"At the post office he placed a stamp on the letter and dropped it into the mailbox." (Page 18)

Social Atmosphere -
"All our work, for nothing! There's no one who can help us! We'll all go hungry this year..." (Page 17)

Mood Atmosphere

"From this height one could see the river, next to the corral, the field of ripe corn dotted with kidney-bean flowers that always promised a good harvest." (Page 16)


"Come for dinner." (Page 16)

The protagonist, Lencho, in the short story “A Letter to God”, Gregorio López Y Fuentes, can be compared to Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ famous novel.
The drought Lencho's valley experienced, is similar to the drought that East Africa had suffered through 2-3 years ago, just not as extreme.
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