The Myth Of The Latin Wom I Just Met A Girl Named Maria

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Stereotypes are dangerous weapons in our society. “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria” is a short essay in which the award winning poet and professor of English, Judith Ortiz Cofer, wishes to inform and persuade the audience that labels and stereotypes can be humiliating and hurtful. The author targets the general public, anyone that doesn’t understand that putting someone in a box because of a stereotype is wrong. Cofer starts out the essay by telling the reader a story with a drunk man who re-enacted “Maria” from the West Side Story, and how angry that made her feel. She continues by explaining how she grew up in the United States being a Puerto Rican girl trying to fit in, but always being labeled as an island girl. Cofer carries on by explaining why Latin people get dressed and act a certain way. Then she recalls some more stereotypical incidents.
In “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria” Cofer shows the reader that Latin women are misrepresented in society and in the media, using the rhetorical appeals ethos, logos and pathos as well as allusions to popular culture and personal experience.
Cofer starts the essay in the present, but then she takes the reader in her past by giving background on her childhood and the events that followed, in chronological order, until she became an adult. The opening paragraph draws the reader in, it makes the reader empathize with the author, and feel angry for the humiliation Cofer went
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