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Confetti Girl Child

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A surprising 34% of children live in homes that are supported by one parent, a rise from 19% in 1980. The single parent that raises these children makes difficult sacrifices for their family, which could potentially harm the feelings of the child, although they have well intentions. In the two stories, Confetti Girl by Diana López and Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes, the protagonists live in a home where only one of their parents remain. In both narratives, their parent makes a decision that is intended to be well; but, from the perspective of the narrator, they see their parent as conceited. The narrators’ different points of view build tension in the stories because they feel their parent is self-centered and neglects them.
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After the dad leaves the table in Confetti Girl, the narrator feels like she is abandoned by her own father. The author writes, “He leaves the table to scan the bookshelves, and all of the sudden, I care about the tough beef, the mushy potatoes, and the cold beans. Why should I eat when my own father has abandoned his food?,” (paragraph 26). Although she only refers to the food on the table, her thought has a wider context. From the narrator’s perspective, not only does she see her dad as selfish, but also that she has become neglected by her dad. She begins to think that she doesn’t matter as much as his hobbies and interests; this builds the tension because neglecting his daughter is never the dad’s intentions. Similarly, the narrator in Tortilla Sun feels that she is neglected by her mom as well. After their argument about the plans for summer, the narrator escapes to her room where she cools down with creative writing. The author writes, “Staring at the card, I wondered what should happen next. Maybe a daring escape or a sorceress could rescue her. When nothing came to me, I scratched out the word opportunity until it was a big blob of blue ink and tossed the card on the floor,” (paragraph 38). From the narrator’s perspective, she feels hopeless because of her mom’s selfishness. Additionally, she feels neglected by her…show more content…
Whether they are faced with divorce, death, or abandonment, single parents take great risks for their families. But in some situations, children view those risks as their parent being selfish or neglecting them, which adds tension and stress to the household. From the narrators’ perspectives in the two stories, they view their parents as self-centered and only focused on their own interests and work. Yet, their parent is simply making difficult decisions to help their family succeed. Moreover, the narrators feel neglected by their parent, as they see the situation from a different point of view. They believe their parent is ignoring their well-being, while the parent simply wants the best for their child. Tension arises when people don’t share the same perspective, just as the two narratives have shown. But when they view the situation in a different way, the stress and tension can be
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