Analysis Of Helena Maria Viramontes's ' The Eyes Of Your Children '

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Many people turn to their cultural background to seek answers to life’s unpredictable happenings because your culture is deeply rooted and in chaos it remains unchanged. It can provide you with the light at the end of the tunnel during a tough moment, but it is not the silver lining in every situation. Sometimes the path that our culture wants us to follow in the rearing of our children is not necessarily the optimal path for growth. Strict patriarchal views disguised as traditional values designed to inhibit the growth of a curious and a thriving teenager can be detrimental to their self-discovery. Granted that a how-to guide on raising your children does not exist, it is important to understand that placing restrictions can be harmful.…show more content…
Not explicitly visible at first, but the seed is planted in the first line of the story, “the two walked down First Street hand in reluctant hand” (307). No teenager wants to drag their little sister around no matter the given circumstance, but no teenager is eager to have their little sister around when she is there solely to report back to their father. Naomi, almost fifteen years old, viewed herself as an adult just as many teenagers want to be recognized as. Of course her parents, Amá and Apá, have a different perspective on the situation, a perspective that according to Naomi is not found in the United States. “Amá, the United States is different. Here girls don’t need chaperones. Parents trust their daughters” (308). It is at this point that Naomi’s independency is more than just an average struggle against her parents, but a struggle against cultural standards and expectations that are rooted so deep making change an unlikely outcome.
Consequentially, this can lead to a blurry understanding of what is right and wrong because everything that Naomi wants to do is deemed wrong. If all teenagers shared a certain trait, it would be disagreeing with parents. It is not easy having your parents dictate every aspect of your young adult life when there is so many places you want to go and so many things you want to do. In true teenage fashion, Naomi does not agree with
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