Unformatted text preview: My favorite story in this chapter is Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Story of My Body.” She divides her story into four parts: skin, color, size, and looks. Cofer’s writing has a lot of personal voice, and reflects upon her experiences growing up. Her writing style is humorous and appealing. In her story, little Ortiz faces a lot of prejudices growing up as a Puerto Rican girl in various public and Catholic schools. “I instinctively understood the politics even then; how the not choosing me until the teacher forced one of the team captains to call my name was a coup of sorts—there, you little show-off, tomorrow you can beat us in spelling and geography, but this afternoon you are the loser” (Cofer, 346). This line reflects Ortiz’s recognition that white kids discriminate against her ethnicity, size, color, and looks just because she’s different....
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- Fall '07
- English, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Angela Shamay Response