Unformatted text preview: story was deeply moved by the decisions of many of the adults that surrounded her. Cofer also uses powerful, intense, and dramatic words to explain the life of a Peurto Rican immigrant during the 1960’s America. Cofer’s “American History” is about a girl Eliana who is growing up in the very abusive world during the 1960’s and how she has to deal with being confused and lost in her own world as she goes through the stages of puberty, steadily comparing herself to other girls in her high school. She is ridiculed and made to seem inferior to others because of her outward appearance and also because of her nationality. Eliana, is the narrator of Cofer’s “American History” and through the words of Cofer is portrayed as being scared of rejection from many different people of different races. Eliana lived in a building known as “El Building” in Paterson, NJ and she described the building as a “monstrous Jukebox, blasting out salsas from the open windows…”(pg. 346)...
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- Spring '11
- English, American Civil War, Immigration to the United States, Judith Ortiz Cofer