The younger children fall asleep. In the novel Viramontes focuses on the Chicano movement that the young characters joined during a time in which the freeway threatened the erasure of their community and culture.
It must disappear in order to reappear for the next day. In Chapter 4, Estrella and her family finally arrive at a remote, worn-down clinic. Alejo and Estrella discuss the La Brea Tar Pitswhich are, according to the critic Burford, a trope for forces which devour.
I see your point, sure, about weaving time The only staff member, a nurse, seems distant from Alejo and unwilling to give him any but the most clinical of attentions.
Petra is awake and restless and resolves to pray. Leaning against the decrepit car, he mourns for the places he left in memory and the money he does not have to return.
So why not do yourself a solid and spend a little time meditating on mortality as you watch the narrator in "The Moths" confront it on her own? Viramontes is kind of a big deal on the Latino literature scene, focusing her work on life in East Los Angeles and the Latino experience.
Rotting fruit evoke preciousness, such as human talent, that is daily wasted.
Through her grandmother she becomes aware of her own desire to love and embrace others. We can cover our ears and shout "la-la-la" all we want, but at some point in life we all have to face death. In Chapter 5, the family arrives at their shack without Alejo. He is sicker, according to Perfecto, than any yerba herb or prayer can heal.
Of these, Carballo and Giles report, "Women in this novel rescue themselves. This connection between growing up and facing death is at the heart of "The Moths.
The young 14 year old girl, who narrates the story, has many quarrels with her sisters and parents over her tomboy manner and their lack of acceptance. She is able to articulate positive and negative dynamics within their neighborhood during the turbulent time of the freeway construction.
The chapter draws the personalities of the main characters on emotional, spiritual, and physical levels; we learn of the hardships that they experience as migrant workers. Our grandmas show us love, then they get super old and die, and then we crawl into the bathtub with their corpses.
Interestingly, the narrator just sort of knows what to do. So get ready to visit some familiar terrain or to transport to a totally new place—either way, the ride is short and bumpy, so buckle up. The author emphasizes the traumatic relationship between the characters and their disappearing community.
And the jump cuts between characters, the way we trip on a word and land in another scene or point of view--I stuck with early Joyce for a reason, people. Viramontes often uses her works as witness to history, or as a voice for those who do not have a public platform upon which to speak see, e.
The final act, where the narrator gets into the tub with the body, is like a fusion between the two characters—the lines between living and dead are blurred as their bodies lie together, washed over by the same water. Communities are sacrificed in the name of urban expansion.
The narrator, who felt distant from her mother, was now longing to be with her, in which a new relationship was born from the death of this old one. One of the trickiest things about growing up and there are a lot of tricky things, we know—been there, done that is considering death.
Although Petra has not yet told Perfecto that she is pregnant with his child, he is aware of the developing infant and recoils from the responsibility. Gumecindo and Alejo pick peaches, not to eat, but to sell.
Coming out of oppression — Helena Maria Viramontes writes often about the oppression of women and how they must learn to overcome the dictates of tradition, family, and culture.
A lovely story and certainly worth reading.Helena Maria Viramontes uses symbolism and setting to illustrate the oppression of women in “The Moths.” Viramontes uses symbols as a way of illustrating the oppression women feel to the narrator. HELENA MARIA VIRAMONTES. The Moths. I. WAS. fourteen years old when Abuelita requested my help, And.
it seemed only fair. Abuelita had pulled me through the rages. “The Moths” is a short story written by Helena Maria Viramontes. Coming out of oppression – Helena Maria Viramontes writes often about the oppression of women and how they must learn to overcome the dictates of tradition, family, and culture.
The moths represent the traditions that destroy and degrade women, and how women are Publisher: Arte Publico Press. “The Moths,” the story that would become the title work in Viramontes’s first collection of short fiction, is even more representative of her.
THE MOTHS AND OTHER STORIES, Helena Maria Viramontes' stories exploring women's struggles to overcome the dictates of family, culture, and church, is in a new edition.
Prejudice and the social and economic status of Chicanos often form the backdrop for these haunting stories, but their central, unifying theme deals with the social and /5. In the short story, “The Moths”, the narrator, a fourteen year old girl, assumes the responsibility of taking care of her cancerous and dying Abuelita.
Helena Maria Viramontes uses symbolism and setting to illustrate the oppression of women .Download