Essay on A Lesson About Life in The Stolen Party

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A Lesson About Life in The Stolen Party

In Liliana Heker’s story, "The Stolen Party," the young child Rosaura is hurt because she is a victim of a class structure which keeps the rich on the top and people like her and her mother at the bottom of society. By the end of the story Rosaura will have learned a very important lesson in class structure which, because it is so traumatic for her, she will carry with her for the rest of her life.

The first evidence we see which supports the claim that this is a story of class structure comes when Rosaura’s mother says to her, "I don’t like you going, it’s a rich people’s party" (Heker 1133). This lets the reader know that the mother is aware of the ways of the world. She knows that
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Another example which shows that Rosaura is unaware of class structure is when Luciana’s cousin, the girl with the bow, talks to her. It is obvious that this girl has learned about the class structure boundaries by the way she treats Rosaura. The girl gets Rosaura to admit that her mother is an employee, and she tells Rosaura that just because she does her homework with Luciana does not mean they are friends. Rosaura lets this roll off her back like every other thing that has been said to her that day. It seems that she is repeatedly getting introduced to the idea that there are social classes, but this does not come together until the end of the story.

Another example which supports the idea that Rosaura is seen as help is by the way she is treated by Senora Ines. Rosaura thinks she is getting special privileges because she is the only one allowed in the kitchen, the only one who is allowed to help serve the hot-dogs, and the only child who could help pass out the birthday cake. Instead, Rosaura is being treated as a maid by Senora Ines, and she does not even know it. Senora Ines thinks this treatment is acceptable because Rosaura is the daughter of the maid and not of a high class background like herself. Senora Ines assumed that Rosaura knew her place because it was natural to
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