Food, Furnishings, and Family Traditions as Expressions of Ethic Identity in Drown

Food, Furnishings, and Family Traditions as Expressions of Ethic Identity in Drown

In class discussion, we spent a great deal of time considering four symbols in the chapter “Fiesta.”

Identify these four symbols and for each of them locate as many as possible other places in the book (the whole book) where these objects take on meaning that communicates to us the narrator’s experience of his ethnic and cultural identity or another character’s experience of their ethnic and cultural identity.

For each symbol you should first identify the object and then provide a quote in which the object appears in the chapter “Fiesta” and interpret the quote so you explain to your reader how the object represents an aspect of ethnic identity in that chapter (this will require you to be specific about the physical or described characteristics of that object and how they parallel the experience of ethnic/cultural identity or characterize someone in “Fiesta”). Then locate all the places in the book (from the first chapter to the last) you can find where the object is either specifically repeated (making it a motif) or in which the narrator’s or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that symbol and its characteristics. You should provide a quote from each instance that you interpret and explain as to how it reveals the experience of ethnic/cultural identity or characterization and what specific attributes or physical qualities about the object that is a symbol relate to and literally let the reader ‘see’ this in their mind.

You should aim to both convey your full understanding of the characters’ experience of ethnic and cultural identity in this book, how the author is using the symbol to communicate these experiences, and how symbols allow readers to literally ‘see’ (or at least visualize physically) an experience, emotion, or idea. Remember, the emphasis is on the author’s intent with regard to conveying meaning, and not our own experiences with the object; the emphasis is on the author’s intention as to how we should understand and interpret events and experiences, not our own prior judgments of the events or experiences.

You cannot work with other members of the class on this assignment or utilize online aids such as summaries or study guides, etc. You can, however, Google IMAGES of the objects that we identified as symbols in “Fiesta” so that, just as in class, you are looking at them to find as many possible aspects, attributes, and qualities about them that may be relevant to their use as a symbol and our interpretations… [Hint: One of the symbols is an object that can take many, many, many forms. You should identify its use as a motif in the text in those many forms, just as we did in class discussion.]

When you give direct quotes (as you will need to) you should use MLA formatting for these with in-text citations of page numbers. You should format up your response as follows for A, B, C, and D:

  1. FIRST SYMBOL. State what the object is and provide a quote from “Fiesta” in which it is mentioned. Interpret and explain to your reader how this quote represents the experience of ethnic/cultural identity or characterizes a character in that chapter. (This last part may require other quotes for you to fully show this to your reader and you can and should include those here.)
  2. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  3. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  4. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  5. Etc.
  6. SECOND SYMBOL. State what the object is and provide a quote from “Fiesta” in which it is mentioned. Interpret and explain to your reader how this quote represents the experience of ethnic/cultural identity or characterizes a character in that chapter. (This last part may require other quotes for you to fully show this to your reader and you can and should include those here.)
  7. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  8. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  9. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  10. Etc.
  11. THIRD SYMBOL. State what the object is and provide a quote from “Fiesta” in which it is mentioned. Interpret and explain to your reader how this quote represents the experience of ethnic/cultural identity or characterizes a character in that chapter. (This last part may require other quotes for you to fully show this to your reader and you can and should include those here.)
  12. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  13. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  14. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  15. Etc.
  16. FOURTH SYMBOL. State what the object is and provide a quote from “Fiesta” in which it is mentioned. Interpret and explain to your reader how this quote represents the experience of ethnic/cultural identity or characterizes a character in that chapter. (This last part may require other quotes for you to fully show this to your reader and you can and should include those here.)
  17. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  18. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  19. Locate a place in the book where that symbol is specifically repeated as a motif or in which the narrator or another character’s experience of ethnic and cultural identity refers back to that object (even if this is in the first chapter or in the epigraph, which are prior to “Fiesta”). Provide the quote in which you identify this occurring and interpret and explain to your reader how that quote is referring to the object and revealing an aspect of ethnic/cultural identity that the reader is meant to understand in relation to some physical attribute of the object (this means you will need to state and describe the physical attribute of the object).
  20. Etc.

 

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