Song of a Hummingbird by Graciela Limon. Chicano Studies novel. Summary and ideas of the book and it's relation to the Day of the Dead

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Song of a Hummingbird:

A Battle of Consciousness

Tomorrow we celebrate the Day of the Dead--a ceremony where a society pays homage to those who have passed, and planted their seeds in the lives of others. Our ancestors influence us and the lessons they have passed down throughout generations; however, not all lessons were the same. All were influenced by their time period and personal sense of morality. That influence was then conveyed to their child--or whoever was willing to listen. These stories are what provided us with culture.

It is obvious that what may be wrong to me maybe seen as appropriate in the eyes of another. However, we live in a world where many of us have come to accept people's differences in cultures, morals, and
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She is a person that took every day as it came to her and did what was necessary in order for her to survive. There was no shame in her trying to obtain happiness by keeping her cousin as a lover, nor killing an unborn child to keep herself from being punished. She is attempting to open the eyes of a naive priest who sees nothing but what he has learned from books.

Father Benito has no sense of reality and lives in a world where he believes that everything will be okay. His squeamishness and obvious turmoil proves that he does not know whether or not she or he people are wrong. He turns to a senior priest to tell of his unrest, but he proves to be of no help. His patience is constantly placed to the test through Huitzitzilin's blasphemous stories and confessions. There were times where "Huitzitzilin had gone too far, and the monk's lips quivered as he struggled with the outrage of listening to the woman as she maligned what was sacred to him. But despite his rancor, she seemed oblivious to what he had said" (103).

He continues to be sucked into Huitzitzilin's stories day after day. She, and the ways of her people, fascinates him. He may not understand the reasons for many of their actions, but he is coming to the understanding of morality among cultures. What is wrong for him can be justified in the eyes of another.

At Huitzitzilin's death, Father Benito finally arrives at an

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