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"I, Rigoberta Menchu"
A review of Menchu's autobiography, "I, Rigoberta Menchu".
# 67027 | 2,355 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2006 in Literature (General)

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The paper expands on Menchu's autobiography. It focuses on the lessons and values; those of the regard for the life of all living things, equality and inequality, respect and leadership which have shaped the author's being. The paper offers a review of Menchu's history and her life story and how she comes to adopt the lessons her Indian culture offers her in order to become the recognised figurehead she is today.

From the Paper:

"Rigoberta's life begins, as the Indians believe, on the day of her conception. Her parents moves to the Village of Chimel in 1960, shortly before her birth. There, they cultivate a small piece of land for maize, beans and gourds. Five older brothers help till the soil for planting, but the two oldest die from malnutrition before the crops yield enough food to sustain their meager existence. To supplement their food source, after their crops were planted, the family works down the mountain in one of many fincas. The trip to the fincas takes an entire day of walking without food. Indian families are often divided between fincas and might be separated for months at a time. Small amounts of money earned during these periods buy salt, soap and chili to take back up the mountain during the weeding season in the Altiplano."

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