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Kevin Barber Adam Pearson Comp 1 Paper #3 rough draft 10/8/07 “Cesar Burgos” and “Women Hollering Creek” Sandra Benitez’s “Cesar Burgos” and Sandra Cisneros’ “Woman Hollering Creek” have very common themes. Both stories deal with grief, disappointment, poverty, and community. The main characters must deal with situations like dealing with the loss of loved ones, and being away from her family and being in a bad situation. The first issue in both of these stories is grief. The grief in the first story, “Cesar Burgos”, is caused by the death of loved ones. The mother and two youngest children die on a bus ride. The father and son are the only two remaining family members. Their relationship is poor. They do not speak much if at all and there is little interaction daily. The father, a fisherman, must take the role of housewife now. He feels guilty that he spends so little time with Beto, his son. The grief finally dissipates when the father and son completed a shrine for their lost loved ones. It consisted of a chapel with seashells and bits of smooth glass. The seashells were a good fit because his mother’s name was Concha, literally seashell. In “Woman Hollering Creek” the grief
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