Comparing Maya Angelou's Graduation and Liliana Heker's The Stolen Party

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Comparing Maya Angelou's Graduation and Liliana Heker's The Stolen Party

Maya Angelou's "Graduation" and Liliana Heker's "The Stolen Party" share a common theme. Each author demonstrates through young girls that life's experiences, especially as a child, teach important lessons. Although Angelou's "Graduation" and Heker's "The Stolen Party" share a distinct resemblance, they also differ.

The main similarity is that Margaret from "Graduation" and Rosaura from "The Stolen Party" are both excited about a day that they consider special or important. Margaret's big day revolves around her graduation from the eighth grade at the Lafayette County Training School. Margaret and her entire family are so proud of her
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Donleavy, a white male from Texarkana, conveyed the idea to Margaret that "the white kids were going to have a chance to become Galileos and Madame Curies and Edisons and Gauguins, and our boys (the girls weren't even in on it) would try to be Jessie Owenses and Joe Louises" (575). Margaret also felt Donleavy assumed the graduates, "...were maids and farmers, handymen and washerwomen, and anything higher that we aspired to was farcical and presumptuous" (576).

Senora Ines made Rosaura feel as if she were hired help, like her mother, instead of Luciana's guest at the party. This is revealed when Rosaura is about to leave the party and she awaits a party gift: "Senora Ines didn't look in the pink bag. Nor did she look in the blue bag. Instead she rummaged in her purse. In her hand appeared two bills" (616). This reveals to Rosaura how Senora Ines perceived her attendance at the party: she did not view her as a guest but as a servant.

Although Donleavy and Senora Ines had the same effect of creating a feeling of disappointment and unworthiness for the two girls, they expressed their arrogance in two different ways. Donleavy made Margaret feel her accomplishments were "nothing" (576), from the first breath he took at the speaker's platform at the graduation ceremony. Senora Ines on the other hand, made Rosaura feel
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