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The Stolen Party

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Nick Sorensen

on 2 June 2014

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Transcript of The Stolen Party

Primary Theme
What ever could Rosaura's mother mean when she says that Rosaura "farts higher than her ass"?

Do you agree or disagree with the idea that the lower classes of society have as much control has the higher ones, but in a different way?

What do you think Heker was insinuating when she had Rosaura say that she "loved having the power of life or death"? Does this sentence indicate that the negative ending has some sort of positive side?

In the end, do you think that Rosaura took the money?Why? Would you have?

Feel free to add.
2. Edward Scissorhands
The Stolen Party
Edward Scissorhands
can be connected through the characters Rosaura and Edward Scissorhands. They both are in possession of special abilities (Edward has Scissorhands and Rosaura is superior to the other children) but due to their origins they are both ostracized from other parts of society and are denied any kind similar treatment.

In the short story, Rosaura is obviously in possession of greater/superior gifts when juxtaposed with the other children; in the movie, Edward is extraordinarily creative especially with hair and botany. Even with their obvious capabilities, they are shunned and refused fair treatment.
Secondary Theme
A secondary theme in
The Stolen Party
would be one must always think critically of a situation no matter how harmless it seems. This story highlights how off-the-mark Rosaura was in her interpretation of the nature of the party which can mainly be attributed to her lack of understanding of social structure. The same principle can be applied to the world we live in today with similar issues regarding social inequalities as well as other world issues in which the truth of the situation is not always apparent. These can include issues regarding world economic equalities, political issues and even personal issues closer to home.
Secondary Theme
Another secondary theme states that even though the lower classes are viewed as less powerful, they have a large amount of control in a quiet way.

In the creative section of this project, a line says "I will allow you to eat your cake, but I can also dictate whether or not you eat at all." It is written from the perspective of Rosaura and speaks to how she gave the girl with the bow a smaller portion of cake that the rest because she could; she was the one cutting the cake. In this way she controls society from the base, though the higher classes may not notice.

Also, the magician calls Rosaura little countess like she had as big a role in the show as he did. The lower classes have silent control because even though we control their wages, they are responsible for all of our grunt work which makes up the base of our society.

An example of this that occurs in everyday society other than the one the story uses is of the caste system in India. The Untouchables are people of society that do "untouchable" jobs like waste removal. They cannot escape their class but without the work that they do Indian society would not function.
1: Title
Liliana Heker's title for her work
The Stolen Party
is symbolic for a few reasons. First of all, it speaks to the idea that the main character, Rosaura, is being robbed in several different ways; she loses naivete when she realizes she's no more than the employee's daughter.

Rosaura also gets the concept of a party "stolen" from her because all she wanted was to attend Luciana's party as a friend, not a maid, and she ended up being only the latter anyways.

Lastly, the word "stolen" indicates that whatever is being taken in this story has monetary value.
Heker's title states that Rosaura is only valuable to the rich household if she is serving an employable purpose, rather than only being a friend of Luciana's.
The Stolen Party
, written from the perspective of a nine year old girl, has a happy, almost dreamy mood for the most part. Most of the tale rushes past in an optimistic blur - dramatic irony is used to have the rather negative conclusion hit harder.

In some instances, when Rosaura is conversing with her mother and Luciana's cousin, the dialogue becomes defensive and frustrated, yet Rosaura always wins these arguments.

The happiness takes precedence over the rest because the story is written in third person but from Rosaura's perspective and, as a little girl, Rosaura is naive to the way the social classes really work until she gets a taste of reality at the end.
2. Type
7. Setting
6. Plot
5. Characters
4. Symbols
8. Point of View
9. Foreshadowing
Foreshadowing is very important in "The Stolen Party" as, like many short stories, the truth of the situation at hand remains ambiguous throughout. In this case, we are unsure of Rosaura's true place at the party, or more appropriately if Rosaura's suggestion of why she is at the party is correct.

The first element of foreshadowing occurs when Rosaura's mother informs her that Luciana is "not your friend!" and adds "Get away with you, believing any nonsense you're told!" These two quotes bring about a hint of deception in the story, proposing the idea that Rosaura "farts higher than her ass", rather, may not have the right idea in terms of why she is at the party in the first place.

During the same conversation, Rosaura's mother also says, "I don't like you going... it's a rich people's party." This quote brings up the topic of inescapable social inequalities, which ends up being the conclusion as well as a prominent theme.
The most prominent theme in
The Stolen Party
is that social class is a serious issue in society and overcoming one's class can prove difficult. Author Liliana Heker conveys this theme through Rosaura's misconception of her place at the party: at first she believes she is there just like any child, but learns later on that social inequalities have lowered her to nothing more than an assistant. Despite her conversation with her mother and the "girl with the bow", both of which included her insisting that she is simply Luciana's friend, Rosaura is ultimately unable to escape the fact that she and others like her are looked down upon by upperclassmen.
Rosaura is the protagonist in this story and she is a round character. She changes at the end of the story and is relatively dynamic in her traits; we know she is a stubborn, young girl that likes to be in control and is too deep in what she wants to be true to see how the real world works. She also plays a very important role; because she is hopeful and naive, it allows Liliana Heker's messages to be more impactful.

Rosaura's mother is a flat character as well, but it is important that she be included in this story as a sort of truth-sayer. Moreover, her character is responsible for a huge chunk of this story's foreshadowing; because of what she says to her daughter in the first couple paragraphs, the denouement is insinuated from the very start.

Luciana joins her cousin in representation of the "rich people" - the leaders on the food chain of social class - but her cousin is the main antagonist in this story. The girl with the bow challenges Rosaura's idea that she is a friend of Luciana's and indicates that she is no more than the "daughter of the employee". Though Luciana's cousin is cut off by Senora Ines, the fact that her character in the story represents the one percent as a whole, the antagonist wins.

Though the magician plays a small role, he is very important to
The Stolen Party
. His character symbolically represents equality between the social classes. His monkey represents Rosaura, and because the magician calls the monkey "partner", he is equalizing their roles even though the ape could be considered to be controlled by the magician. He does this again when he thanks Rosaura and calls her "countess" as if played just as important role as him in the magic show.
Liliana Heker uses a few symbols in her story to concrete the messages she's sending.

The largest symbol in this piece of literature is the monkey. Rosaura is the human representation of the ape. She is restrained, just like the animal, though her cage is of social class and income, and she is controlled by her authorities, though hers are wealthy superiors rather than a magician. Also, on the contrary, Rosaura is the backbone of the party just as the monkey plays a very important role in the magician's show. Though the two get little respect, their characters represent the base of society and without them, the whole thing would crumble.

Other pieces of Heker's story that can be considered symbolic are the yo-yo's and bracelets given to the guests at the end. Rosaura was not given a gift, but rather money, and this states that she is not a guest but an employee. It symbolizes the fact that she is only there to work.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
3.The Hunger Games
The book
To Kill a Mockingbird
and the short story
The Stolen Party
can be associated through a shared theme: innocence/naivete inhibits people from seeing another individual's true intentions.

The Stolen Party
, Rosaura is blind to the fact that her purpose at the party was that of an employee. Innocence and naivete prevented her from seeing this. In
To Kill a Mockingbird
, Scout does not realize that the natures of Boo Radley and Dolphus Raymond don't follow what they come across as.
Liliana Heker's story is told in third person but it is from Rosaura's point of view.

This helps her achieve a few things: first of all, because Rosaura is a nine year old girl, Heker can tell her story with an innocent, stubborn perspective; many children get caught up in their own head about what they want to believe - don't we all?

Secondly, because Rosaura is "the daughter of the employee", it helps to solidify the theme that social class is a difficult thing to overcome; if it was from the Luciana's cousin's perspective, for example, the theme would not have been as concreted because generally, wealthy people aren't as worried about the monetary gap.

The story is told from Rosaura's perspective so the information presented may be biased by her age's ignorance and stubborness, however, because it is a story told in third person, we can rely on its accuracy.
The novel
The Hunger Games
and the short story
The Stolen Party
can be associated to each other through their main characters. Both stories have themes demonstrating the significant power that the lower classes hold.

Both Rosaura and Katniss Everdeen originate in the lower class but they exemplify considerable power over their social superiors. In
The Stolen Party
Rosaura demonstrated this power when she distributes the cake to her peers.
In The Hunger Games
Katniss demonstrates her power when she leads a rebellion against the government.

They both demonstrate the power of the lower classes.
The Stolen Party
would be considered something along the lines of a moral story, some sort of genre that displays a fight for equality, and one in which you witness a fraction of a child's innocence and perfect beliefs of the world vanish. This is evident due to events in the plot, the characters, their actions, and the major themes.
In The Stolen Party, some of the antecedent action mentioned includes Rosaura's description of the completion of her homework with Luciana after school.
The conflict that Rosaura must face is at the end when Senora Ines produces two bills to pay Rosaura with. The realization that the purpose of her participation in the party was to work was the conflict she had to face. This realization causes her to lose a fraction of her innocence and to reassess the affect that her social status has on her. The story ends at the introduction of this conflict. It concludes with Rosaura's description of the delicate situation. This conclusion doesn't allow for a definite resolution.
The story was most likely based in Argentina, Liliana Heker's country of residence, in between the late 70's and mid 80's; a time in which Argentina had a military dictatorship. This is likely because it explains the culture of the characters and the inequalities between the rich and poor.

We speculate the time of Rosaura's arrival to the party to be about 2:28pm, and her time of departure to be about 5:59pm; the story was set in that time and location because they are appropriate examples of when events similar to those in the story could have transpired.

It was a time and place full of social and economic inequality, and sometimes people like Rosaura and her mother were affected the most by it.
The book,
The Stolen Party, and Other Stories,
was published in 1994 and written by Liliana Heker. Heker is an Argentine writer born in 1943. The book is composed of various short stories, all by Heker, compiled into one volume.

At the time of the likely setting of the story, Argentina was in the midst of what is called "The Dirty War," a guerrilla type conflict between the military government and those who wanted change. In times like these, your value to people in power is important to your well being. This war caused a rift in between those with and without economic standing, further increasing the gap. Therefore events like those in the story very likely took place.
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