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Honors English I
13 September 2016
Summer of the Mariposas
In the novel, Summer of the Mariposas, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, La Llorona, a
mythical mother figure who is destined to protect five sisters, has prominent protective instincts,
haracter strength; meanwhile, she is saddened deeply by the loss of her children, and even
though her sadness ultimately reunites her with her children, it is a character flaw. At the
beginning of the story, five sister meet La Llorona who is destined to guide and protect them as
they embark on their special, but dangerous journey. The readers come to realize that La Llorona
is filled with melancholy, from the loss her children, yet she deeply yearns to find them. “Please,
try to have faith. I am here in your service, to guide and protect you” (McCall). Her maternal
instincts then come out as she ensures that the sisters travel and return home safely. As readers
reach the end of the novel, La Llorona helps the sisters return home, but still is filled with grief.
In gratitude, the eldest sister gifts a bouquet of sacred roses to La Llorona who is then magically
reunited with her children, in the sky, “Her sadness, her grief over her lost children,
overwhelmed her.…‘Rosas?’.…‘Yes,’ I whispered. ‘A gift… for all you’ve done for us’ ”
(McCall). La Llorona has such maternal and protective instincts; her sadness was cured after
performing a good deed for five sisters and being reunited with her lost children. Sadness can be cured by doing good for others, by protecting them, guiding them, and by just helping them out
-- by doing a good deed.
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Summer of the Mariposas. New York: Tu, 2012. Print. ...
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