The Figure of the Home

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Lillie Anderson December 1, 2006 ENG 245, Vázquez The Figure of Home Of all of the novels read in class this term, family, or the idea of home, has been a key aspect to each books plot and theme. In most of the novels the characters had to deal with the removal of themselves from their original home to a new home, or attempting to place them into a new home. The characters find themselves existing in a space between their two homes, not being accepted in their new home and not being able to go back to their former home. Judith Ortiz Cofer’s novel The Line of the Sun and Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo both address the idea of existing between two homes. The Line of the Sun depicts two generations reactions to leaving their home in Puerto Rico and moving to the United States. In Caramelo the narrator of the story finds herself not accepted into American society, although that is here birth nation, and is only at ease when she visits Mexico. In Cofer’s The Line of the Sun there are many characters that represent the positive and negative feeling towards living in a country that is not yours. The wife and young daughter of Rafael move to the United States from Puerto Rico and settle in a Puerto Rican neighborhood, called “el building”, in New Jersey. The father, Rafael, has assimilated well to American society and dislikes the Puerto Rican neighborhood, but
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