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Multicultural Short Stories
Transcript of Multicultural Short Stories
by Sandra Cisneros
Her Other Son by David Rice
Scar by Amy Tan
The Medicine Bag by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Characters: Tommy, George, mother, father, grandfather, Catalina, Guillermo, Emiliano, Pedro Jaramillo.
Summary: This is the story of a boy, who lives with his family in the United States, in a place called Rio Grande Valley, in Texas. He lived with his older brother, George, his mother and father, and his grandfather.
They had a maid, Catalina, who lived in Mexico, felt the boys as part of her own family.
Things were quite normal for the family, until they have to move, and Catalina's grandson gets sick. In this moment, everything changes for the narrator and his brother.
Characters: Cheryl, narrator, grand pa Joe Iron Shell, Mom and dad.
Summary: A boy in his teenage years finds difficult to understand the importance of his family´s roots to the point where he feels embarrassed and not sure of telling his friends about his native American background.
After his grandfather, Joe Iron Shell, begins adapting to his friends and mesmerized them with his stories the narrator gets to understand, appreciate and cherish the Native America inside him.
Just after Joe Iron Shell is able to see this change in his grandson he is given the biggest honor for the first born male in the family to be given the medicine bag to carry with him at all times for protection and to later pass on onto his grandchildren when death is near.
Grandpa falls ill and the narrator is able to fully comprehend the importance of the medicine bag once after Joe´s death he goes back to the reservation and places a sacred sage inside the medicine bag.
Characters: An Mei, Popo, little brother, Auntie, An Mei’s mother
Mother daughter conflict; we can see how difficult it is to An Mei's mother to get along with her own mother, she is turned into a ghost, something nobody can talk about. She was forced to leave and never return when she decided to marry a wealthy man and become his third concubine. She has to come back though when Popo becomes very ill. She wants to ask for forgiveness but nobody want to forgive her. At the end, An Mei's nother wounded her own flesh in order to alleviate Popo’s pain, and in order to remember what was in her bones.
Characters: Esperanza, the Great-grandmother, Magdalena (Nenny).
Summary: Esperanza tells the meaning of her name and through this, she tells her story. Esperanza was the name of her great-grandmother as well, a horse woman who was born in the Chinese year of horse. This could be bad luck if you are a woman, but Esperanza thinks Chinese and Mexicans don’t consider women as strong. Her great-grandmother was very strong, but unfortunately Esperanza’s great-grandfather carried her off and she never forgave him. Esperanza asks herself if her great-grandmother was sorry because she couldn’t be all things she wanted to be. Esperanza doesn’t want to inherit her story.
In the school, children pronounce Esperanza very funny, but could be worse; her sister’s name Magdalena is uglier than her name. At least she can be Nenny in home. So Esperanza will change her name too. A name which sounds like the real person she is and nobody sees. Something likes Zeze the X.
1.- My Name:
Something very similar to a can
To remove somebody from a place
Something relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite, usually in the smallest solid dimension; not thin
To make a sound resembling that of loud weeping.
To receive (property or a title, for example) from an ancestor by legal succession or will.
2.- Her Other Son:
the water pipes and similar systems in a buildingThere's something wrong with the plumbing.
to say magic words which are intended to bring bad luck to someone
Things were going so badly - it was as if I'd been cursed.
to grow bigger than or too big for somethingMy seven-year-old had new shoes in April and he's already outgrown them (= his feet have grown too large for them).
unkind or unpleasant
top being so mean to me!
to hit someone or something noisilyHe whacked the tree trunk with his stick.
a place for worship which is holy because of a connection with a holy person or objectIslam's most sacred shrine is at Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
a very simple and small building made from pieces of wood, metal or other materials
the line that divides one country from anotherWere you stopped at the border?
3.- The Medicine Bag
to speak too proudly about what you have done or what you own.
She's always bragging about how much money she earns.
a story, especially one which might be invented or difficult to believe.
He told some fascinating tales about his life in India.
feeling guilty or embarrassed about something you have done or a quality in your character.You've got nothing to be ashamed of.
a type of tent in the shape of a cone made from animal skins which is the typical shelter of some Native Americans.
to suddenly become unconscious for a short time, usually falling down.
He faints at the sight of blood.
a heavy load that you carry.
The little donkey struggled under its heavy burden.
to decide or arrange to delay an event or activity until a later time or date.
The meeting has been put off for a week.
a long search for something that is difficult to find, or an attempt to achieve something difficult.
Nothing will stop them in their quest for truth.
4.- Two Kinds:
someone with a very great ability which usually shows itself when that person is a young child.The 16-year-old tennis prodigy is the youngest player ever to reach the Olympic finals.
a feeling of sadness about something sad or wrong or about a mistake that you have made, and a wish that it could have been different and betterI left school at 16, but I've had a great life and I have no regrets.
unusual or special and therefore surprising and worth mentioningNelson Mandela is a truly remarkable man.
when someone becomes angry very quicklyShe has a real temper.
a prize, such as a gold or silver cup, which is given to the winner of a competition or race, and often returned after a year to be given to the winner of the competition in the following year.
He's an excellent snooker player, but he's never won a major trophy.
the soft part of the body of a person or animal covering the bones and organs
to throw or move something suddenly and with force
a person with a strong desire to continually get more of something, example money
to make a substance flow, esp. out of a container and usually into another container
a mark left on the skin by a cut or burn that has healed
to criticize angrily someone who has done something wrong
A person determined to do what is wanted, even if other people disagree or disapprove