"Instinctively, Robert and I ran and hid in the vineyards. We did not want to get in trouble for not going to school."
I think this is a striking image of how unequally the mexican children were treated. As immigrants, they were unaccustomed to the language and needed to work to survive. They did not have the same opportunities as white children. It's frustrating because it is always leaving them in the same place - poor, without a well paying job or an education. The loop fixes them in the same place and they can't find their way out. They're stuck in poverty and discrimination.
The quote you chose was a great one to analyze according to this story. It's true how this is an example of inequality - especially since they were seen as less than human for speaking a mere different language.
Great post! I agree, the cycle of poverty is very difficult to break.
I also thought that this part of the story was especially striking.
I totally agree that the most frustrating part of this story is the neverending loop they seem to be stuck in.
Yes, it is definitely a sad truth about what was going on at the time and what is still sort of going on today.
Amazing post! I was shocked by this quote as well!
In this time period, there is no doubt that Mexicans were treated in an unfair way. Poverty and discrimination is all Francisco knows at this point especially moving again after getting an actual grip in American lifestyle.
"When we arrived home, we took a cold shower underneath a water hose."
One may wonder what happened to the actual shower - here's the answer: there is no shower. Why do other people have showers and not them? If it wasn't obvious enough, this is a Mexican family that's being blamed for stealing jobs (when they don't even have a decent one), and like I mentioned before...their life-no every Mexican's life at this point was an ongoing circuit, aching to be cut or shut off.
The poverty Francisco faced was definitely difficult, especially when coupled with the racism he endured.
I agree that Francisco's life of going from moderate comfort to barely getting by is not a very fulfilling life, there is no stability or a real physical home he can depend on.
I also thought that them showering under a hose, and him taking such pride in coins as small as pennies, shows how much things are appreciated when you don't have that many of them.
The more shocking part of The Circuit is that due to Francisco's poverty, he is used to this type of lifestyle!
That is an interesting take on what the title means.
I agree, their constant state of poverty has put him against a lot of challenges.
I agree, and as he gets older, he starts to notice and understand it more and more.
"Well... if you know what was in your librito, then it's not all lost."
Francisco showed great determination and exemplary self advocation when he kept his pocket book of English words and definitions. It was very difficult for him when his book burns up in the house and he felt angry. It must have been really hard to witness the luxury his friend's lived in and, then, have nothing. Personal possessions can be very comforting and are fun to own. I felt sympathy for Francisco when he lost all his things, however, I do agree with his Mama. No one can take away or burn the knowledge and information in your head. Your mind is your most valuable possession.
Nice post, Malia! Nice observation on how seeing his friend's better living situation changed Francisco's perspective.
I thought this was an interesting message from the book, that even in poverty people have strong attachments to possesions I think this just goes to show what is truly important in life--experiences, knowledge, etc.
I really like your post i liked how you put your own input in it .
I really agree with you. And After the loss of his book in the fir, what his mom said was really cool and strong. Great analysis Malia!
"You can push me around, but you can't force me to play!"
This line seems like the beginning of foreshadowing panchito, possibly starting a strike. These are the very beginning of strike tactics, and I have a feeling they will be important later. I also noticed some foreshadowing, with the part of the declaration of independence being chosen, with it being in steep contrast to what happens with the border patrol straight after.
Great post! Interesting ideas on the possible foreshadowing.
I really like that your going more in depth, I never thought of a strike until now, you bring up some good points.
I wonder if they will ever be fully accepted into society. I wonder if they will ever leave the circuit, and settle down in a home and have an easy life. Everyone is really stressed, but they are all putting in so much effort, especially with advancing their English skills. I have hope for them, to get the American dream.
At the very least, this book is an auto-biography, so we at least know that Francisco will do well enough as an author.
I agree with you Rilind. Everyone is just going through so much.
While reading the end of the fourth scan, I couldn't help but imagine the frustration that Francisco must be feeling. Every time he is interested in or passionate about something in school, it is abruptly stripped away from him due to the hardships in his life. I think it is great that he continues to find joy in school, even though he has to continually overcome hurdles in his life in order to attend school.
"Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega Señora por nosotros los pecadores ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte, amén."
So far I feel that one of the saddest moments happened in this book. El Perico, a long friend and pet of Fransico, died. El Perico was like a brother to him, and it was sad having to see him die. They burried him and said a prayer. I translated the quote and it translates to "Holy Mary, mother of God, pray Madam for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, amen." It means forgive us for our sins and when we may die, forgive us for what we may have done. I found this to be very meanignful, as they pray to the parrot. It wasn't right for him to die, and they are hoping that the parrot will have a special place in heaven, and may it be forgivien for the sins it may have conducted. This is true care for a pet, and shows the love that they had for the parrot.
“One Friday after school, Carl invited me to his home to see his coin collection. As soon as the last bell rang, we both ran to his house, which was only three blocks away. When I walked in, I was amazed. I had never been in a house before.”
Perspective: This quote struck me for a number of reasons, mostly because it sheds light on the different perspectives present in society even today. A house, which is something so common and normal in our society today, could be something completely unfamiliar to many people in the world in different walks of life. Francisco had lived his entire life in tents and run-down shacks, moving from place to place, so for him to experience something like a house for the first time with such awe and wonder is very interesting. Another part of the story that struck me was the workers’ reactions to the Border Patrol agents. My parents are close friends with a Border Patrol agent, and he has told me a lot of stories about his job and seeing the amounts of people trying to find a better life in the United States. Reading this part of the book really shed some light on the different sides to his stories.
The quote you worked was so powerful on its own, it seems challenging to respond to such a powerful quote! However you response was beautiful. Next time maybe try adding your feeling about this, make a personal connection :)
This really struck me, too. Something we take for granted could mean the world to someone else.
Great analysis! I totally agree with you. Its very interesting how you are able to get the perspective of a Border Patrol agent. Pretty cool. (:
Excellent analysis about Carl's house!
"Well... if you know what was in your librito, then it's not all lost."
I've had issues with siblings and possession boundaries in the past, so connecting with this quote tied in excellently with the shock of having one's house burned down. While obviously not at that particular scale, the feeling of loss is near universal among us humans. This story provided interesting parallel with Francisco losing his pennies and his house burning down; both caused by human error and poor judgment. In the case of Francisco's pennies, they represent something of personal pride and valued possessions, but had them stolen in but a blink of the eye. The same case occurred with his house; it was something of value but literally went up in smoke due to an accident from poor judgment. However, while careful planning and storage of possessions is important, the true moral is to accept that sometimes, things just happen which you can never really plan for.
I also connected to losing material possessions and accepting things that you just simply can't plan for. Great analysis!
" We packed our belongings and left Santa Maria in September the week school started."
I feel that Francisco is on the cusp of something, he is intelligent and curious and school, but every time he has to move he must start from square one again. Reading this, I wonder if Francisco is really aware of what he is being deprived of or if he is even aware because he is so used to his current lifestyle and accepts it as it is.
I agree, he already has a difficult time adjusting to his new environment, and the constant movement isn't helping his struggle against his challenges.
I also feel like Francisco could have gone pretty far if he just had a stable life at home.
"I was so excited I almost forgot to thank Papa."
In this quote he had gotten a penny from the year his father was born. It's interesting how something of small value can get him this excited, as it seems he values it symbolism more than its worth. But it is sad to see them get so ecstatic over material possessions. They constantly live in a state of poverty despite their hard work, denied of a stable home because they have to move around. It makes me wonder if life will get better for them soon because they've faced so much already.
I agree with you! Great post! (:
I think people as poor as Francisco's family cherish any material possessions no matter their worth. It is quite sad to see Francisco getting excited over a penny when there were families living in the United States in such excess...
When I was reading this latest scan I felt bad for Francisco because he tries to hard and every time he tries he falls a little but he gets back up he is so determined. His out side of school life is frustrating but its so nice how school is his personal escape from it all of the other problems. Most kids in his situation just don't care about school and make poor decisions its nice to know he's not giving up.
Sophia, I like your analysis of his perservirence in school despite the odds he goes through. I agree with you about how a lot of people take school for granted and make poor decisions, and how Fran is doing his best.
I like how you made the connection that most kids don't care about school and how he doesn't quit.
I connected this reading to the packet we read earlier in class today on the treatment of Mexican Americans during the 1930s. The fact that Francisco, a person who was so dedicated to integrating into American culture that he memorized the entire Declaration of Independence, and a kid who just all around cared about working hard and educating himself would have to worry about being deported by la migra is pretty depressing. It just goes to show that although America's attitude towards Mexicans has significantly improved since the 1930s, they are still suffering through poverty and some level of segregation.
Today in the reading conversation in class my group discussed the treatment of Mexicans today and most of us agreed that they are still treated with much of the same hatred as in the 1930s. While our government no longer deports them, we still use them as the scapegoat for many of our problems. I think as long as there are "minorities" in the United States there will always be discrimination and hatred.
I wanted to connect the book to real life. Francisco tries his hardest to attend school each and every day. He finds joy in school and is appreciative to the fact that he can attend. Most kids in school elementary through high school are sad about attending school. They feel like it is too boring or too hard. People like Francisco who are happy and glad to be getting an education realize the true benefit of going to school. He knows that there are plenty of other things that he could be doing other than getting an education, but he really wants to make his future bright. Francisco is a lot smarter than he takes credit for, not only because he attends school, but also because his motivation will take him very far in life.
I really enjoyed the connections you made! Next time try connecting it to your self even :)
Couldn't agree more with your opinion on this matter. Some people don't appreciate the importance of getting a quality education and don't feel there is a point, whereas those who do realize the importance of quality education get where they want to be.
"He can cheat me out of my money. He can fire me. But he can't force me to do what isn't right. He can't take away my dignity. That he can't do!"
This passage struck me, because it really showed how little the bosses had for the immigrants. Diaz treated Gabriel like an animal, and fired him when he received backlash, as if it were surprising. It also shows the pride that these people had, where they might work for hours in the sun for little pay, but they will not be brought to the level of an animal.
This is a very powerful quote when it stands alone which only makes it more bitter when Gabriel was beat to the floor and fired.
My reflection, this time, is on one of the first chapters in the scan. Page 95 seemed to catch my attention, after Francisco defends Manuelito against Carlos, so that he can play kick the can. In page 95, Francisco comes back from picking strawberries for the day, the same day he found out Gabriel was fired. He seemed very frustrated and agitated, even though he didn't want to play kick the can, which usually alleviates his worries. Once Manuelito finally asks him to play, Francisco agrees. He then goes head to head with Carlos to run and kick the can (which I guess is how the game works), and when he does he kicks it and it lands in a garbage bin. He then says that was the last time that he ever played kick the can. I think it's interesting that the last time he plays kick the can is also when Gabriel works for his last time (or the day after to be exact). However, it could be totally unrelated, perhaps it is meant to represent his growth and maturity. What I do see a strong parallel to is how once Gabriel stood up to the Contraista about picking strawberries, Francisco built up the courage to confront Carlos, the bully, about kicking the can. And once Gabriel was fired and didn't return, Franscico stopped playing kick the can. It seems that Francisco is replicating what Gabriel was doing. It would seem like Francisco sees him as a role model of sorts. From Gabriels description, it would make sense- he gives of a very strong vibe, the kind Francisco would admire. Which is a real bummer since Gabriel is gone now, and would also explain why Francisco was so upset that he was gone.
There are two things in this reading that struck me the most.
"He can cheat me out of my money. He can fire me. but he can't force me to do what isn't right. He can't take away my dignity. That he can't do!" (pg. 92)
I thought this quote really struck me the most because despite what Gabriel is going through with trying to work to be able to provide for his family, he wouldn't let himself be treated like an animal. He came to the U.S for work and only to work like a human, not an animal. Gabriel was right in the way Díaz is. To me, I feel Gabriel didn't deserve to get fired from the job only because he stood up for the way he wanted to be treated at work. The second thing that struck me in this reading was towards the end when Francisco learns to recite the Declaration of Independence. I thought it is really significant that he was able to practice and memorize the part his teacher wants him to recite. Some of the words were really hard to read and Francisco was able to take the challenge. (:
Quote: "When I saw him putting on his work clothes, I remembered we were going to work, and not to school. My shoulders were heavy." (Jiménez 87)
I think that Francisco is really starting to enjoy school and see the significance of it. It's crazy to compare his first day of first grade when he couldn't understand a word the teacher was saying and wanted so badly to work with his father to the last day of seventh grade when he dreaded working in the fields. On the bus ride home after the last day of school he counted the days until he would finally be back in school. He's starting to realize that education is the answer to all of his family's problems. I think Francisco finally realized that he didn't want to be like his father when he grew up. He wanted to do more, and continue his education.
I like the way you put this in summary. The way Francisco wants to learn is amazing because his parents just want to work and don't realize they could have a better education if they went to school.
I also recognized the connection between the first and last days of school for him within the story. It is interesting to see how much he picked up over time, yet have it all learned for nothing when boarder officials come to take him away.
The last line of the section we read tonight sends chills running up my spine. "Border Patrol" (pg. 134). It was terrifying because as the reader you become so connected to the characters, they are your little brother or sister. As the reader you want to jump into the book itself and rescue this character you know so well. However the character is only a character and you can't jump into the story. It is always hard to wake up from reading a book and go back to reality.
Great post, I wish I could jump in and help them too!
"I had know the day was coming, but I tried not to think about it because it made me sad. For my classmates, it was a happy day"pg.84
This passage struck me because I would be one of those happy kids, I love going on summer vacation and then returning to school in the fall. It was interesting to think that for some kids like Francisco they don't receive that blissful break. Instead they have to work and then don't even start when the other children do. I think that Francsico is a very brave person. If I wasn't fluent in the language, knew no one, hadn't always gone to school and was starting almost half way through the year I would never have wanted to go. But Francsico still wanted to go, it was one of his favorite places to go. I think this really shows the value of education.
I felt the same way about this passage! It's interesting to think how much we take school for granted.
"I knew then I had not yet earned my own cotton sack."
I really found this quote inspirational this young boy always aspiring to do work for his parents to help them have a better life and help the family in general. This shows the self-sacrificing attitude to help someone other than him self. It truly showed that he cared and loved his family something that might have gotten watered down since those days.
For the most part in this section it seem that the border patrol were becoming a more frequent occurrence, of course we later learn this was foreshadowing. The entire book you can't help but let yourself hope for this family, hope they make enough to survive, hope they find a decent farm to work, hope they can get real jobs that would allow them to live in one place. You hope for so much for this family most of all you hope for them to be able to continue living in America. Seeing Panchito being taken by la migra crushes all of those small hopes, those hopes you got from him and his family that never stopped loving eachother no matter how rough it got. When I reading the first close encounter with the border patrol It's easy to feel the fear and anxiety that is clearly being felt by the entire family. And that was them getting off the hook, the amount of fear when they were actually being taken in by the border patrol must have been suffocating.
"But one day, when the ant was cooking a pot of beans, she fell in it and drowned, leaving El Ratoncito with a lot of pennies, but terribly sad and lonely. so you see, mi'jito, Rorra is more important than the pennies. Don't be so hard on your little sister."
Francisco's mom told him this story when Rorra stole pennies out of his penny collection. He was furious when it first happened, he yelled and then stormed out of the room. The moral of this story is that no matter the amount of money or goods you have, you will still be poor if you have no family or no body to keep you company. Friends and family are always more important than any materialistic item.
This is so true! I take this the same way as the story says it. Great quote.
"I had known the day was coming, but I tried not to think about it because it made me sad. For my classmates, it was a happy day"
This quote really struck me because it made me realize how much we really have and should take advantage of. In the story, all the kids were happy to leave school for summer and Francisco was not. This makes me see when you don't have much at all, you tend to enjoy the little things like Francisco did to school. When you do have a lot, you don't appreciate things as much. In my opinion it is good to get a break once in a while because your body needs a break from stress and all the work that is put on your shoulders, but Francisco did not think that. He really wanted to achieve things and keep moving on, even in the cotton fields it seemed that way.
"I knew where we were going to live for the next several months."
I wonder what life is really like for francisco, or even an immigrant themselves. After reading the last scan, their life had several ups and downs, and I feel terrible for what has happened to them, but it is different if I have actually walked in their shoes. I wouldnt want to experience what he is going through, but I wish I could understand him better in that way. I also wonder what the dad is feeling, not being able to provide their family what he desires, and feeling like hes lacking his job as the man of the house must be devastating. To them, there is no permanent home, home is anywhere they are accepted.
I liked the last sentence so much, it's perfect. I literally think that sums up how most Mexicans felt during this time.
" The instant I saw the green uniform, I panicked. I wanted to run but my legs would not move. I began to tremble and could feel my heart pounding against my chest as though it wanted to escape to."
When you get to this quote, you can feel the tension and anxiety that Francisco is feeling. Especially because he was happy, confident and ready for school. Not only is that nerve racking, but that is embarrassing and dangerous. Francisco has been trying to grow into a strong young man but in the back of your head, you know his life can't last like this forever. Eventually the law catches up to you. You put so much planning into figuring out how to get here, but nobody has plans for when you get sent back home. I don't know what is going to happen, but I know that it will be a major setback.
As I read the end of the book, I was expecting an interesting turn of events to see that Francisco and his family's fortune would start to improve, but instead they are raided and taken away by border patrol officials. Francisco himself had a lot of potential going for him, he was very determined, and ready to do whatever it would take to reach the goal he was aiming for. Many examples are provided when he tries to prove himself to his family so he can work alongside his father and his older brother in the fields, and when he stands up to the bossy playmate when they played kick the can. It proved if he wanted to be a part of something he had the potential to get there.
"'You can Have my taquitos,' I said. 'Only if you take this jelly sandwich,' he responded handing it to me. Page 89.
This quote to me, shows the compassion that these people have for each other. Although they kind of just met they had invited them to eat lucy with them. And then once they did he Gabriel had complained that they had the exact same thing for lunch. Once Francisco heard this he graciously offered part of his lunch to Gabriel. When Francisco was not expecting anything in return, he got something! and this shows that people care for one another even when they, themselves aren't very fortunate.
"...the day was coming, but I tried not to think about it because it made me sad. For my classmates, it was a happy day."
I was instantly connected to this quote, to Fran, because I understand how he feels. It is strange, but I don't want to have summer break happen at the end of the year. It will mean that I rarely ever see my friends, and I have to stay at home, and our great team of students will dissassemble, and next year we won't have the same teachers. It's sad to think about. And for Fran, school is a great place for him too. He treasures it. So, this feeling if Francisco's, I can connect with it.
Many habits of heart are shown through this chapter as well as the rest of the text. The biggest example I saw was self advocacy. Nearly every family member has to have this trait to survive. The children are responsible for their education which is self advocacy because they want to learn. In fact, Panchito is terribly sad when he has to leave school and counts down the days until he can return. Not only that but he keeps his librito with him at all times so he can always be studying and learning English. In this way he is not only standing up for himself and his future but also the future of his family. His skills in English will undoubtably be helpful in the future. Both of these traits show Panchito’s tremendous self advocacy.
I love that you said that each of the characters NEED self-advocacy to survive. It is so true. When you live in a life where everything can or is handed to you, you do not need to aspire to anything bigger if you do not want it.
This reading started out with sad parts, yes, but with each of his losses, the main character learns a very useful lesson taught to him by his mom. He learns that even if he gets angry at them, his family is more important than his material possessions. He also learns that even though the fire took away the physical notepad and words, it is all still right there in his head. Over the course of these chapters he grows so much, he starts to dream about getting a year round job with his brother and living in a place he likes for the rest of his life. At the end though, his dream seems to be gone as he is picked up by border patrol.
"When I saw him putting on his work clothes, I remembered we were going to work, and not to school." As I keep reading this book the more and more I think of how much Francisco has grown from the begining of the book. Fransico has grown just like the caterpillar he saw in the first grade to the now fully grown butterfly at the end of his 7th grade. Not only has Fransico grown physically but also in his intelligence. When he was younger he thought that by working in the fields with his father that would be the best way to support. Now that he's grown he now knows that the best wau to support his family is by going to school and fetting a good education.
The HOHAM that I decide to use was connection. All through the book I saw things that I could relate to or saw so far.
The first connection that I made was when Gabriel got yelled at by the contractor. Francisco took what he learned from the situation and used it to his advantage when the boy didn't want to let his little brother play. When I read that part of the book it made me think about when little kids see someone older than them doing something or saying something and they copy them.
A thing that I found shocking was not something that I could personally connect to, but it was when Francisco saw the border patrol. It was just kind of shocking because I was waiting for the story to take it's turning point where everything gets better and just the opposite of that is really happening. It was sad, but also frustrating that someone with so much potential had the ability to study and be someone yet people rip that opportunity of from him. It's not that he doesn't want to study or go to school it's that he can't and I feel like that's what a lot of stereotypes are now a days. We see someone as lazy if they don't do their school work, but there might be a story behind it.
During this latest assigned reading, I had mixed emotions that ranged from happiness to utter sadness. I think that Francisco still making an effort in school and trying his best is really inspirational. We take for granted how great we have it and how we go to a great school. I feel that his life is just one bad event after another. He has to go through so many terrible accidents. When his house burnt down, he lost everything, but still he kept his head up. I wonder what will happen because the border patrol walked in at very last part, and I hope that he doesn't get deported.
When Francicsos house burned down, multiple thoughts ran through my head. I felt sad for Francisco's loss, it seems that every good thing he has, will ultimately disappear from his life. Just like his parrot, Mr. Lema and learning how to read and now losing his house and "librito". I also feel that this is toughening up for the future. I think he will become so determined that he will be able to face any issue that comes his way, even deportation.
"...So you see, mi'jito, Rotta is more important than the pennies. Don't be hard on your little sister." pg. 108
Francisco's mother told him a story about an ant who saved all of her pennies, became very wealthy, but ended and in the end, the husband did not care about the wife's money, but instead, her. Francisco's mother was trying to give him a relatable story to his experience with his little sister. (She stole his pennies.) In the end, he saw that it was that the people care, not our material possessions.
I can relate to Francisco's mother's parenting. My parents are the same way in giving me good advice, not only straight up, but through analogies and stories. This has always been an important thing in my life and has been a key component to my upbringing and growth as a person.
“‘You either do what I say or I’ll have you fired!’ ‘Don’t do that, please,’ Gabriel said. ‘I have a family to feed.’ ‘I don’t give a damn about your family!’”
I thought that this quote really showed the severity of the situation immigrants were facing. The jobs were tough, and there is no mercy in the workplace. If one person did not do what they wanted, they would be replaced. It was really saddening to read this section of the book. I feel like the story just keeps getting sadder and sadder.
I felt that as this book goes on, it becomes more impacting. I feel as if it portrays what Mexican immigrants had to go through in order to have a better life in a stark and straight to the point matter. I like how this story provides even the smallest detail without going too in depth to make it boring. Reading this, I wonder how many people really look at it from the perspective of the immigrant and see them as a human being instead of something lesser
I love your comments! I feel the exact way!
"I stood up and followed the immigration officer out of the classroom and into his car marked "Border Patrol."
Are you kidding me? Really? I did not expect this at all! This upset me very much because Francisco was starting to get a decent life. He was so excited for this test at school. Which is a significant thing because he wan't really into school in the beginning. I loved this character's integrity and hope. I always enjoy reading happy books with laughter but this was a huge turn. Just like The Jungle, the immigrants struggled in their new homes. They work so hard, only to earn a meager amount of money in return. This was a good book but it did not give me good feelings. :(
Rachel, I too enjoy happy books! I've noticed that sad books tend to make you think about life and what has happened. Happy books build you up more!
"Well this isn't your country, idiot! You either do what I say or I'll have you fired!"
"Don't do that please," Gabriel said. "I have a family to feed."
"I don't give a damn about your family!" the contratista replied, grabbing Gabriel by the shirt collar and pushing him.
This quote really struck me because I know that it connects to the world we live in today. Illegal immigrants mostly have a lower importance than American's in the US because they aren't in their country. I feel that this quote shows a perfect example on what an illegal immigrant would be treated like when working. Some American's may take advantage of these illegal immigrants, they could tell them things that may sound good and beneficial to them, but in reality it's not. Most immigrant don't know what the laws of the country are, which could lead to people taking advantage of them since they don't know. Illegal immigrants are judge by other's, when they just want to make a living and have a better life.
" The instant I saw the green uniform, I panicked. I wanted to run but my legs would not move. I began to tremble and could feel my heart pounding against my chest as though it wanted to escape to."
Throughout this whole book I feel like I was waiting for a happily ever after that I knew wasn't going to come. Francisco worked so hard that there was no way things weren't going to go up for him, but as we all now life isn't fair. I remember the first time that I read this book feeling shocked, and hurt by the fact that such cruel things could happen to such a good person. I think that through everything that poor Francisco goes through he will never give up, and in the end will be stronger for all of it.
"I, and the rest of the family grew up to love el piroco"
for me this was really noticeable, because everybody in the family loves the parrot, and I think they did that because they didn't have much to respect, so they had respect for what they ad instead. This just shows how humans has become, if they don't have the newest iPhone, you are nothing, and sometimes you just have to look on the good side like francisco.
I connected this reading to the video we finished today in Spanish, about young boys crossing the border to make a better life for themselves. They and Francisco both have a drive or passion to pursue their dreams, a trait not many have. It amazes me that no matter how much the world progress, success is not eaiser to achieve but yet it seems to be much harder. Both groups of boys went through obstacles to achieve their dream. In the movie, the dangers of the railroad and gangs is very prevalent so that is a problem constantly on their minds. In Francisco's story, he was already in America but could never ground himself enough to be successful whether at school or with his family working. In both parties, they never seemed to do well enough. This harsh reality is very saddening, and makes me appreciate my life that much more.
"...So you see, mi'jito, Rotta is more important than the pennies. Don't be hard on your little sister." pg. 108
I really enjoyed not only this quote but the whole little anecdote in the story. Francisco was extremely angry at his sister after she stole his two pennies and bought two gumballs with them. So his Mom proceeded to tell him the story of an ant who was rich and married a mouse. When the ant died, the mouse became rich but that didn't make him happy. He was actually less happy with all that money becuase he didn't have the any he loved anymore. This was Francisco's mom's way of saying Rorra his sister is more valuable than all the money in the world. What matters most is the moments we make in life and the people we have those moments with. It was a very valuable lesson for him to learn, especially when he is living in the conditions that he is. By treasuring his family and friends instead of fretting over his lack of material wealth, Francisco will be much more happy. I really like how the author is giving a real message through this vignette. It is a lesson that many should learn and it is an awesome part in the novel.
"You're lucky you get to see them every day, Gabriele said. I haven't seen mine for months."
I thought this was pretty eye opening when I read this quote. I thought Francisco and his family had it rough but it seems that they are not the only ones struggling, While the whole family gets to work together and make money as one. Gabriel only has his self and he does not get to see his family for months at a time. He only can send dollars at a time from what ever he gets paid. It is crazy to see the sacrifices some people make in order to help support there family. I guess we all have to realize that even though you might have it bad there could be someone out there that is less fortunate than you are.
I thought these chapters were pretty depressing because the main character (His name escapes my mind at the moment) loses so much in such a short period of time, like when he was remembering how he met one of his very good friends with coin collecting. After he had moved away, the only thing he had with him to remember his friend was the penny he had been gifted by him. Even though later on when the main character's younger sister spent the two pennies and he was furious with her, his mother told him a story explaining that friends and family are far more important than money and that he shouldn't worry about it too much. I thought this was an interesting story she told and I thought it was good that even though he was angry with his sister, he was able to overlook her mistake and carry on.
TFW: I think that Francisco had gone through so much in such a short time. He really has been through hell and back without much to show for it. Becuase of all that's happened, there was a lot of charcter development and you see this little boy go from naive and just wanting to helped to this hardened "young man" in a way. I feel like he's not the boy he once way becuase of all this. He hasn't really had a childhood like other people have had. He worked hard and he was put through rough waters. I wonder how he feels on all of this. would he say it has made him a better person? or would he say it was hell and wish none of it would have happened? Does he have any regrets or wishes?
"Si, Papa" I answered timidly. I was hurt and confused. Seeking comfort , I walked over to Roberto and whispered to him "SOmeday I will get to go and pick cotton with you , Papa, and Mama."
I found this quote really reflected the plight that Mexican immigrants faced in America. They came looking for a better life but got menial labor with little pay, and poor living conditions. It really amazed me at the children's willingness to work in the fields. This is something that would not have been said by any child I know at the time and really puts perspective on how much they wanted a better life in America.
"I felt scared. I had never seen men fight before. My mouth felt dry and my hands and legs began to shake."
To me this made me feel scared. I could understand his fear and anxiety then because I could understand the situation he was in. It is incredibly terrifying to watch the calm and thinking adults you look up to become angry and belligerent. It really puts into perspective how similar their lives are to ours yet how far apart they are.
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