Essay on The Stolen Party

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“The Stolen Party” by Liliana Heker Zach Craig b2 2-11-13 “The Stolen Party” by Liliana Heker is a short story about a girl’s life experience that changes her point of view on society. One day, she gets an invitation to a rich daughter’s birthday. Her mother is a maid and works for them. Rosaura’s youth and innocence shows that she doesn’t realize the true meaning of the invitation, and firmly believes that there is no social distinction between the rich and the poor. She believes that even if she is the maid’s daughter she is welcomely accepted in the party. Although she is only nine years old, Rosaura feels confident that she knows more about rich people than her mother. Heker uses symbols and figurative language to convey “to always…show more content…
“I’ll die if I don’t go,” she whispered, almost without moving her lips, but Rosaura really wasn’t going to die if she didn’t go to the party. It's only after the party is over that Rosaura learns the painful lessons about life. Since the start, she always wanted to prove her mother wrong. She tells her that she is right about the monkey and that Luciana, the rich, didn't lie. It's when she is about to leave that Rosaura starts to feel left out. She senses a tension, everyone is getting little presents and she starts to think that she might be different from the others and won't get any presents. To cheer herself up she says: "I was the best-behaved at the party.” (p.114) She boasts about her behavior to conceal her fear of being left out, but when Senora hands her the present like Rosaura expects, she is clearly shocked to see that instead of getting the presents she gets money. It's only now that she realizes the true reason for her invitation. Rosaura's reaction at the end of the party clearly proves us that she all the time thinks that she is invited because she is friends with Luciana. She is sad to realize that she is, in fact, different from the others, that her mother is right all along and that there is a social distinction between the rich and the poor. It is now that Rosaura knows that she is a maid like her mother. She sees that Senora Ines uses her not because she is special but simply because she
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