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Honoring the Dead Essay

  • Submitted by: tylerlolo
  • on December 16, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,018 words

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Sergio Troncoso, a well-known author composed many works, in particular a book titled The Last Tortilla & Other Stories, that contained many different short stories within it.   “The Last Tortilla” and “Day of the Dead” both introduce the reader to two different Latino family’s, one living in Mexico and the other in America.   Both families have many similarities and differences.   Troncoso gives us background of Latino holidays and traditions that families use to honor their deceased loved ones.   My synthesis will include the similar and different characteristics of each family and the themes that Troncoso wants us to grab from the readings.   In specific Troncoso wants us to see how the family deals with death, the traditions and holidays they practice, and the reactions of everyone involved with the death of the loved one.   We all have different ways of reacting to situations and dealing with them, Troncoso lets us feel and see how these different families react.
Troncoso introduces us to the Marquez family in “The Last Tortilla”, a Latin American family.   We come into their life around Christmas, two years after the mother had passed on.   Troncoso gives us insight to the family members and how they interact with each other after the death of their mother. The characters include a father, a stepmother, three daughters and one son.   In Troncoso’s short story, “Day of the Dead”, we meet the Perez family that lives in small shack in downtown Juarez, Mexico. We are given the idea that the family is very poor.   The author specifically names one daughter, Lupe.   Lupe would cross the border to work for an American family; on the day we meet her we learn that she gets hit by a car right after she crosses over. We are given background of the man that hits Lupe and the family that she worked for and how both react to the death.
Within both of the stories there is a death of a family member.   In “The Last Tortilla” it is the mother, and in “Day of the Dead” it is the...

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