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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

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Natalie Cook PSP Personal Essay 10 July 2008 Personal Response to "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" This essay was depressing for me. It illustrated for me the agony and feeling of loss and regret that sometimes comes with old age. The contrast between the young boy, the speaker, and his uncle, are does not only include young vs. old, but it also includes optimistic vs. pessimistic, hopeful vs. hopeless, and proactive vs. reactive. I was sad to see how excited the speaker was to see his uncle playing happy, love songs in a mambo band on television, and how negative the speaker's uncle responded to him when he invited him to watch the TV show with him. The uncle seems to have aged with regret and is not consoled, but worsened by the memories of "the good ole days." The physical
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Unformatted text preview: crashing down of the book case that contained all of the uncle's music symbolizes and parallels the falling and breaking of the uncle's soul. Watching himself on TV, the uncle makes a regretful comment, "Coño, si," expressing the "if only" sort of regret that he feels in looking back on the "the good ole days." This essay makes me appreciate my youth more and inspires to cherish the "the good ole days" while they are still lasting. This essay has reminded me not to take anything for granted and to appreciate the little things in life, because fame, and jewels, and publicity may not be able to keep me young and joyful in my old age....
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