With no actual point in time of where our story begins if the audience were to

With no actual point in time of where our story

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With no actual point in time of where our story begins, if the audience were to have no prior
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knowledge of the feral children and their struggles, then the book itself may come off a bit like a spiraling staircase leaving them with an unclear perception of what’s going on with no clear ending to the book. In Torres’ novel, he takes the audience on a ride through the life and struggles of a dysfunctional family’s existence, but unlike Kapil he begins the story at a solid cross section of the family’s life and builds upon from there on. With concrete points in time to refer back to, the audience is allowed to let their minds wander with meaning wondering to what each action will lead up to at the end. As similar as both authors are, the meanings hidden behind their writing styles couldn’t be any different. Where one author uses colloquial speech to portray to even the most unimaginative reader the imagery in the plot told, the other tells a story through poetic structure, juxtaposition and very influential imagery. Although within a formal book, Torres uses spoken English to help portray the civility and class of the Puerto Rican family within their daily lives. By doing this not only does he aid the reader in seeing from their perspective, but also creates a simple understanding of what exactly is going on within the means of the story with no mistaken context of the words. “’Mutts,’ he said. ‘You ain’t white and you ain’t Puerto Rican. Watch how a purebred dances, watch how we dance in the ghetto.” (Torres 10). Torres, like Kapil, does use imagery to portray that in which he cannot describe using colloquial speech alone, yet his imagery is that of which can tie emotions to a set word. For example when Paps uses the word mutts in regards to the boys, Torres was using the prior knowledge most readers have of the
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