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The Myth Of The Latin Woman Thesis Statement

Study Questions: Brady, Cofer, & Gates

Exercise 1

After completing the "Everything You Know or Think You Know" exercise, remain in your group and discuss one of the three readings by Judy Brady, Judith Ortiz Cofer, or Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  (One will be assigned to your group.) Try to analyze the work using the same process of fact an inference you used in the exercise:
  1. Start with the title of the work and talk about what it represents by topic, theme, tone, impression, etc.  What idea of the writing to come does it suggest to readers before they actually start reading?
  2. Discuss what the point of the work is.  Rather than look for a thesis statement, paraphrase it in your own words:  what is the main "cause" or purpose of this piece?  What is the author's motive to write it, to publish it?  Etc.
  3. Look for the facts and inferences you draw from the content of this writing that reinforces your response(s) to the previous task.  What quotes, references, etc. help to illustrate or otherwise substantiate your claims about why the piece is written, and about what it's trying to say.



Exercise 2

Divide into groups of four or five (approximately six groups total) and wait further instructions about one of the three authors assigned for this week, each of which focuses on a stereotype:

  • In Judy Brady's “I Want a Wife,” she satirizes the social role or myth of "a wife."
  • In Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s "What's In a Name?," he addresses the racial and gender role ascribed by the name "George."
  • In Judith Ortiz Cofer's "Myth of the Latin Woman," she questions the cultural role of "Latina."

Sometimes the author clearly describes what that role is, and other times she or he lets readers infer what it is.  As a group, try to catalogue the ways in which your assigned author effectively characterizes the role referenced (or implied) in his or her essay.  Then, complete the following:

Judy Brady

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Judith Ortiz Cofer
  1. Group these characteristics into three stereotypes or myths about the role addressed in your assigned author's work; label and identify each. For example, "Myth #1: A wife is an unconditional nurturer" or "Myth #3: A Latin woman has loose morals."
  2. Select one of these myths to discuss in detail, then debunk it.  What's inaccurate or unfair about it?  Why does the myth exist?  What historical facts support the myth?  What cultural factors might contribute to it? What social mores probably reinforce it?  What realities do (or should) contradict it?
  3. What assumptions does the author make about the people who promote the myth discussed in their text?  What stereotypes and myth-making is your assigned author guilty of in writing this work?  Look at your author's issues from the other side.  For example, what would an essay by Brady called "I Want an Uncle" be like?  What would Cofer write about in "My Boyfriend's Back: The Myth of the White Biker"?  Or, what sort of personal narrative by Gates would be simply titled "White Boss"?
  4. What is the "thesis" of your assigned author's essay?  Why, in your opinion, did the author write it?  How and why does it compare or contrast to the theses of the other two authors assigned for tonight?  What's similar or different about the agendas of your assigned author with the agendas of the others?  (Be as specific as possible.)




casas: houses; cottages
bodega: a wine shop or cellar
Mario Thomas: probably a misprint, intended to be "Marlo Thomas"; this reference has been edited altogether from the version in Patterns For College Writing.

moonlighted: worked a second job in the evening
rent curtain: torn curtain
Sugar Ray or Jackie Robinson: famous athletes (Ray, a boxer; Robinson, a baseball player)

Last Updated: 02/10/2016

Compare and Contrast Essay

732 WordsNov 7th, 20103 Pages

Brent Staples of “Just Walk On By”, Judith Ortiz Cofer of “The Myth of the Latin Woman”, and Alice Walker of “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self” had discovered their personal/cultural knowledge and identity through their experiences. They might have different experiences in different situation or incident it has the same concept. Brent Staples and Judith Cofer had similarly uncovered how they are being alienated especially in their foreign place. They both had experienced to be mistaken as somebody else. Brent Staples was once mistaken for a burglar in a magazine company and a mugger in a jewelry store. Cofer was also mistaken as a waitress by an old woman while she was holding her notebook which an old woman thought a menu…show more content…

Walker discovered her personal identity when she got into an accident that left a scar not only in her physical but into her life, she was insisted on a fight, and she even lost her self confidence and same as Cofer’s she faced discrimination and was disrespected. It was stressed in Walker’s, “after months, of torture at the school, my parents decide to send me back to our old community, to my old school.”(444) and also when she said that she beat a child at her old school who continually calls her ”one-eyed bitch” (445). On the other hand, Walker’s discovery differs from Staples’ because she was not feared nor misjudged. The epiphanies the three writers experienced, led them into their discovery of their personal knowledge and identity. The difficulties of personal knowledge/identity reflects on a person’s illiteracy. The time they were hardly surviving from people’s prejudice was the time they do not have idea how people see them outside of their island, county and how people judge them by their physical appearance. As a result of not knowing that information, they were not aware of how they will dress or act in public to avoid harsh judgments of people. Also in Walker’s difficulties she was not aware that to let her brother influence her will put her identity into a risk. As a reward of the knowledge about personal identity, Walker learned to to believe on her self, and gained her self-confidence again and that’s when she started

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