American English

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There are many pieces of literature throughout the word. Some enlighten readers with history. Some offer specific relations to readers. Furthermore, we have discovered many of these texts throughout this class. Each text has offered us a better understanding of a particular culture. We have experienced the hardships and economic struggles of many Mexican Americans striving to assimilate towards the American culture. Both the movie and the text demonstrate the lives of the migrant worker communities through oral recollections, collectivism, and economic situations. In the book we are given an unnamed protagonist who represents the community through a single voice. Whereas in the movie the protagonist is given a name and the community is represented through the poems read aloud. The movie And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him and the book …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him depict oral recollections, and the collectivist nature of the migrant worker community while also documenting the economic situations of migrant workers. Oral recollections appear throughout the film And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him. A character such as Don Bartolo demonstrates a great example of this. In the movie, Bartolo is constantly singing the communities stories and poems aloud. Each story represents how individuals deal with struggles within a community. Another example of an oral recollection in the movie is the story of Juanita and Ramon. This poem is another one of Don Bartolo stories that he sings aloud to the community. Again, it shows how at times members of a community experience hardships. This is an oral recollection because we get a better understanding of the struggles of an individual boy during this time period. The book offers oral recollections in a similar way. Many of the oral recollections we see come across through collective narratives. An example of this is through the…...

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