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By: Skylar Smith & Audrey Allyn
Define: Nationalism 1. Patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts 2. An extreme form of this, esp. marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries “Internal exile (…) defined as isolation, alienation, deprivation of means of production&communication, exclusion from public life” How does Selena exemplify internal exile?
Nationalism puts a level of control in a society Police control ▪ “The police used to try to scare us. Most of the time they ran us off, beat us up to teach us to be men, or took us to jail” (pg. 108) How is Selena a citizen while simultaneously a non citizen? Hint: state protection, state institutions, “circulo en el infierno”
“Her plans for the whole year, the opportunity to expand her business, to finally capitalize on all her sacrifices. That little devil had better appear. Where could she be, now when she’s needed most?” Has their relationship changed since Selena’s decision to make her own business deal? Do you think Martha cares for Selena or is it just for economic reasons?
“She asked him why he didn’t mount her, which was a man’s duty to his wife. Crying she complained that after a year and a half of marriage she was still technically a virgin” (pg. 114) Is Hugo together with Solange only to further his power in the corporate world? “In doesn’t matter now, anyway. She only needs him now so she can be a señora, know about forks, have her place assured for all eternity” (pg.130) Is Solange together with Hugo only to further her status and public image?
“I can’t fault her (Selena’s mother) a bit, even if she never wanted to marry a man, like the Bible says she should. But if that would have made her unhappy, like I was, then it was better for her to have a woman in her house. I don’t care what people say. You don’t have to be a certain way to be decent. Decency comes in all colors and flavors” (pg. 121) Do we see Selena’s grandmother’s ideals implanted in Selena? Does Selena strive to become happy because of his mother’s and grandmothers hardships?
“I’m going to enroll him in the public school when classes start again. Leocadio has potential – he’s so quiet and attentive, I’ll bet he learns everything they teach him right off” (pg. 126) Do you think Leocadio will follow in Selena’s footsteps or become part of the state system (going to school, playing into the system)?
“That night on the stairs was the first time he realized that he could become a real man, with responsibilities in life, like taking care of his mama” (p. 155) “How strange, Leocadio becoming a man, I can’t imagine it” (p. 125) – DoñaAdelina Do you think Migueles will influence Leocadioto become “a man”?
“I do now—anxious about protecting him, guarding him so they don’t crush him alive. It is for the best. When he opens his eyes I feel my heart leap” (p. 125) How does DoñaAdelina compare to Miss Martha?
Will Selena’s performance prove to herself that she can be successful without Martha? Why does the author include Leocadio’s story? “And if Hugo got himself into deep water with the monster on the stairs, she’d better be prepared for the worst. Let the scandal sink him, not her. Let the scandal find her on an airplane, on the way to Miami. Leave this cursed island and go there with money, jewels, stocks that will buy her appropriate status” (pp. 135-136) Will Hugo indulge in Selena’s seduction? Does Solange even care?