Different conceptions of education a child

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The extract is taken from the book “Master Harold”...And the boys written by Athol Fugard.

The play is set in a Tea Room in  South Africa. And there are some main characters like  Sam and Willie, two middle-aged black servants. It starts with them that are cleaning up the room on a rainy day. While they do their work, Sam helps Willie learn ballroom dancing because  Willie is going to participate in a competition. Later, Hally enters the tea room and all the play takes place there. Hally is a seventeen-year old white boy, and he has a good relationship with Sam and Willie.

Main themes:

-discrimination: fair skin/dark skin. Discriminating jokes. Black people in jail.

-parenthood: role of father (sam-hally). Father acts like a child.

-clases: superiority, black work for white, not educated, less posibilities.

-change of roles:  sam and hally educated each other. 

-education/wisdom: hally:formal education. Sam: wisdom (sabiduria) from life experience.

-dreams: dancing. Living in a world without collisions.

-violence: hally hits sam and willy, sam was hit in a jail.

languaje: coloquial

simbols: kite: look up to sth. Be proud.

The extract is taken from the book “The house on Mango street” written by Sandra Cisneros.The House on Mango Street covers a year in the life of Esperanza, a Chicana (Mexican-American girl). She moves with her family into a house on Mango Street, but the house is not what Esperanza has dreamed, because it is small. The house is in the center of a crowded Latino neighborhood in Chicago, a city where many of the poor areas are racially segregated. Esperanza does not have any privacy, and she resolves that she will someday leave Mango Street and have a house all her own.

Main themes:

-identity: chicano culture, dog with two names. Esperanza/hope.

-growing up: becoming a woman (being seen by boys), understand things, different from neni (little sister), older friends.

-role of women: great grandmother: horse women. Gender violence.

-big dreams: leave mango street, writting, have hope, dream of her own house.

-friends and family: big family, defending her close ones, protect her sister. Real and false friends

-boys: being looked at in high heels, abused at work, different from her brothers.

-home: mango street is not home, she wants her own house that she can call home proudly.

-discrimination: people are afrais who live on the hils. “cathy” neighborhood dangerous.

..Writers style: poetic, vigniats, lyrical, sometimes ungramatical.

..Languaje: spanish and englis

..Dedication: “to the women”

-symbols: window: represents lack of freedom, dreams not coming true,

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