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First Love By Judith Ortiz Cofer: An Analysis

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“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely” (Unknown). People change and grow because of the challenges and conflicts they have in life. A person I know that has changed and grown a lot from a conflict is my mom because a couple years ago she ripped a tendon in her back, and she had to get many surgeries and wasn’t able to walk for a while. She grew a lot from that experience and now she can walk and is still getting better. In “The Street” by Richard Wright the young boy narrator has to overcome his fears and fight some thugs in order to buy his mom groceries. He faces an incredible challenge that makes him have to change extremely quickly. In “First Love” by Judith Ortiz Cofer the girl narrator has a crush on a boy that is a couple…show more content…
The boy narrator evolved from being timid to assertive, cowardly to confident, and innocent to worldly because he had to fight the thugs in order to buy the groceries or he wouldn’t be able to come back home. The girl narrator evolved from being timid to assertive, cowardly to confident, and innocent to worldly because she had to become confident in order for her to talk to the boy after he kissed her and she had to face the reality that the she was just the boys’ plaything and he didn’t like/love her back. The authors both tell different stories, but used the same elements to develop their characters: conflict. Change is a part of life and people have to choose to grow from the conflicts that arise or to stay the same and forever
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