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Esperanza Rising

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Catherine Watson

on 15 April 2013

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Esperanza Rizing By: Pam Munoz Ryan Conflicts and Stuff Resolution ...Yay! Resolution Book Cover Themes Falling Action (Better than it sounds) Strikers Climax Problem Solving, Anza Style Introduction Conflicts Intro and Conflicts In the book "Esperanza Rising", Esperanza is a rich girl who has everything she could ever want while living on her father's ranch. The day before her 13th birthday, her father is mugged and killed by bandits while mending a fence on the far reaches of the ranch. Not only that, but the ranch also burns down, too! The main character is Esperanza. I would describe her as kindhearted, but sadly stuck in the fantasy that things at the camp should be exactly like how they are on the ranch. I like that she is willing to change, but I don't like how she thinks that she can get away with acting like the spoiled princess she was back home. She thinks she is WORLDS above everyone in the camp in social class, but in reality, she is so low, she basically fell off the social class cliff. The book is written in third person. El Rancho De Las Rosas, Esperanza's father's ranch on fire. The major conflict that confronts
Esperanza in this story is her mother is in the hospital, and Abuelita is back in Mexico, and she has to somehow find a way to earn enough money to get Mama well and Abuelita to the camp. There are other conflicts surrounding this, though. She doesn't realize until just now that she isn't the snobby little rich girl she was back in Mexico, she has no idea how to do chores, Marta is taunting her and trying to convince her to join the strike, and, of course, the strike itself. Basic conflicts are Man vs. Himself, Man vs. Society, and Man vs. Man. Anza begins to solve her problems by starting to earn money, buying money orders, and piling on the work loads. But its not all fine and dandy after she starts. There are obstacles. She has to work around the strike and tune out the shouts, which I would say are pretty loud. There is also a possibility that someone could come in and say they will work for less, and she could loose her job. After weeks in the hospital, Mama finally gets better. Anza is showing her around the house, and she wants to show her all of the money orders she bought. There is only one small problem. They're gone, and Miguel stole them! everybody is shocked and sad because they would have been used to bring Abuelita to the camp. Anza is, too, but she isn't mad, she isnt upset, she is furious with Miguel because he used them to get to northern California. Supposedly. Everything changes when he agrees to come back to the train station. Miguel "agrees" to come back to the train station from supposed northern California. Anza asks for the money orders, but instead he gives her something better. Abuelita is the next one to step off the train. Anza is so happy, she completely forgives Miguel, and is even happy that he used her money, but then again, it was for that anyway. This leaves the reader feeling like everything is finally good in Anza's world. Well, Abuelita is finally at the camp, and she, Anza, and Mama are all safe from Tio Marco and Tio Luis. Anza is finally working hard for what she want, and she has realized that she can't just tell some servant or maid if she wants something. Isabel is doing well in school, and Miguel is closer than ever to a job at the railroad. Everything is as it should be: peaceful. I guess Abuelita was right, and I'm glad Anza listened. Don't ever be afraid to start over. Abuelita might as well be a philosopher because she mentions a few theme throughout the book, along with some others thrown in. One of those is 'don't ever be afraid to start over.' What that means is Esperanza had to start over by going to California, and she felt like she didn't have to start over, and she definitely didn't want to. It is also a good representation of how people don't want to move, or something like that. I chose a tree as the template for my Prezi because it represents how Anza grows as a character. Side note: If I say Anza, It means Esperanza. Esperanza is a long name to type over and over. Background Info (Intro continued) Abuelita: Esperanza's Grandmother. Moved to Mexico from Spain.
Horntensia: Zapotec indian from Oaxaca, housekeeper for Anza and her family.
Tio Marco and Tio Luis: Mayor and bank owner; Papa's brothers. They want to take over the ranch.
Isabel: Miguel's cousin. She has lived and worked in camps all her life. THE END!
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