Da-Duh Poem Analysis

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Danielle Koppel Koppel 1 World Literature Writing, 6 11/7/2011 Culture gives a person an identity or a permanent characteristic that can be used as a foundation for life and a cultural individuality. A cultural foundation for life influences ones’ decisions while a cultural identity is a person’s history and background. Ricardo Sanchez, a Mexican American poet, is a man with a cultural foundation in which he based his life upon. He grew up in El Paso, Texas for the duration of his childhood until he left to attend college. Even then he could not let go of his culture, so he brought his cultural identity into his writings. Similarly, Da-Duh grew…show more content…
In Ricardo’s new life, he is surrounded by many diverse strangers. he is no longer going to be surrounded by people who always provide him with a “warming greet” or a “¿que tal, hermano?” which inevitably creates a disconnect to his new world. In order for Ricardo to move on in his life completely, he needs to find a way to accustom himself to his new environment. On the other hand, Da-Duh suffers when her culture, her sugar canes and palm trees are seen as less than another’s culture. Da-Duh considers her culture to be the only way to live, the right way to live. When her granddaughter shed light on a new lifestyle, Da-Duh became stubborn as a result of an internal conflict with change. Her defense mechanism automatically triggered anger because she is in a position where she has the option of going along with her granddaughter or retreating back to the comfort of her old life and customs. When Da-Duh asked her granddaughter if she had anything quite as tall as the palm trees in New York, she responds that there are much taller skyscrapers. Da-Duh is extremely vexed because her previous conceptions of her culture’s superiority were just proven wrong. Da-Duh could not live in the moment because her culture held her back from the new experiences and instead made her angry to hear about New…show more content…
Every time Ricardo uses the word yearn, he symbolizes his desire and longing for home. Ricardo moved away from the place that he loved to go to college, and for the first time he was living in the moment. As soon as he started writing though, he retreated back to his comfort zone, which was his culture. On the other hand, Da-Duh could have experienced living in the moment if she had accepted the new life, which was in the form of the postcard. When Da-Duh’s granddaughter talks about the tall buildings, she brings up a postcard. Da-Duh’s granddaughter asked Da-Duh if she wanted her to send a postcard with a picture of the tall skyscrapers. That postcard could have been a slight step towards living in the moment but her life in Barbados restricted her from the step because she was internally attached to Barbados and could not let go. Da-Duh has lived in Barbados her entire life, and change in her attitude would have made little to no difference now because her culture has become her life. In the end though, Da-Duh did ask for the postcard. She loosely let go of her internal conflict and lived in the moment. “Girl, you’re not to forget now to send me the picture of that building, you hear.” (Page 73) Regardless of this could be opportunity, Da-Duh’s final decision would not have made a large impact in her life. The postcard could have been an eye opener to the new world for Da-Duh, but she would have too

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