No Man's Land, Emigration, and "Caramelo" Analytical Essay by Ace writers

No Man's Land, Emigration, and "Caramelo"
A review of the novel, "Caramelo," by Sandra Cisneros.
# 46573 | 809 words | 1 source | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 18, 2004 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Spanish)

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This paper examines the novel, "Caramelo," written by Sandra Cisneros, which portrays the life of Celaya "Lala" Reyes, who, together with her family, travels from Chicago to Mexico City each summer. The book depicts the stories of Lala's Mexican-American family of shawl makers. It discusses how the life of Lala is indicative of the life of many immigrants who come to America, especially those of years past, and how many feel as though they are caught "between here and there", traveling from their home in America to their native land and back again. It shows how, in the end, Lala, like most emigrants today, comes to terms with her dual existence and accepts the idea that some places, like America, belong to everyone and not to one particular ethnic tradition or identity.

From the Paper:

"The novel also reveals the many conflicts of class and culture, and themes of emigration present for all people not native born in the United States. The scenes described by Lala are reminders of feelings and emotions many children face when entering a new country such as the United States, where it is much more difficult to associate with one cultural tradition or heritage. After emigrating, many children often feel trapped between two different cultures and languages. They face trying to counterbalance the traditions of their homeland with the lack of traditions and excitement in the United States."

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