Unformatted text preview: Reader’s Response Log Chart
1. Select three direct quotes from the novel that “stand out” some way and write them in the
left hand column.
2. In the right hand column, write your responses to these quotes.
a. Analyze some literary aspect or term, and
b. Make a personal connection to the selection. You may also ask the author a
question or make a prediction.
Write Selections with Page References
First quote with pg. # Respond to the Text and Author
Your response “After their Quinceañeras, t hey would be old enough to be courted, marry, and become las patronas, the heads of their households, rising to the positions of their mothers before them.” (2.11) This quote is powerful and speaks volumes
about Esperanza’s hopes, dreams, and plans.
There is pride of the positions women hold and
Esperanza is very aware of the responsibility
and step that would be for her as a Mexican
woman. She recognises tradition and honor in
the step of growing mature enough to be
married and maintain a home. A Quinceanera
meant much more than a simple age change to
Esperanza and the women of her cultural
background. I believe she finds security in
knowing what lies ahead for her future. Second quote with pg. # Your response "Esperanza, people here think that all Mexicans are alike. They think that we are all uneducated, dirty, poor, and unskilled. It does not occur to them that many have been trained in professions in Mexico."(11.39) This is when Esperanza is making a deep
realization. She is beginning to understand that
Americans, despite her realizing it right away,
are indeed prejudice to a degree because they
stereotype. Esperanza had her moments of
feeling superior in ways and was now seeing
the flaw in Americans, while also
understanding people in a vulnerable situations
are also misinterpreted. It seems this
information being presented to Esperanza did
well to open her eyes on the way people
deserve to be treated and recognized. She
would have to prove herself whereas in the past
she was never questioned or looked down
upon. Despite her status of her hometown the Third quote with pg. # "We have little money and Hortensia, Alfonso, and Miguel are no longer our servants. We a
re indebted to them for our finances and our future. And that trunk of clothes for the poor? Esperanza, it's for us." (4.86) tables had turned and this quote really
underlines the moment it hits Esperanza.
This quote really clarifies the level of
desperation there was to get by at that point. It
was important for Esperanza to make due with
a lot less than she was once used to. Instead of
going from having nothing to having
everything, Esperanza was literally going from
riches to rags. This quote also makes clear that
there is gratitude to be shown for what little
they were being given because it was all that
they would acquire at that point in time. ...
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