“The Moths”. (). Helena Maria Viramontes. (February 26, –). Notes. 32 Abuelita: Spanish for “grandma”; common familiar and. The Moths has 33 ratings and 5 reviews. Missy said: For a class assignment, I had the opportunity to read The Moths, by Helena Maria Viramontes. Helena M. Fiction. THE MOTHS AND OTHER STORIES, Helena Maria Viramontes’ stories exploring women’s struggles to overcome the dictates of family, culture, and.
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The Moths (short story)
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mar 01, Missy rated it liked it. Helena Maria Viramontes is an American fiction writer who often expresses the culture of the latino community, along with their struggles and hardship they have to face every single day in society.
This story is a great representation of her usual writing style. With this being said, I recommend The Moths to anyone who enjoys meaningful literature. Before reading this short story, I went in to it not knowing what to expect. However, I left it with a new outlook on life and a slight unsettling feeling. In the beginning of the story, the narrator holds a rather negative attitude towards life.
She would always refer to the sun and how at some point of the day, it has to set and darkness will eventually emerge. But what happens after that? There was no light at the end of the tunnel in her eyes. However, after learning valuable lessons from her grandmother, she realizes that everything must come to an end, but it is motys for rebirths to occur.
At this point you are probably very confused, but do not ask any questions, just read it for yourself. Jan 30, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it liked it. A poignant piece about a tomboyish fourteen-year-old girl with big hands and her ‘abuelita’ grandmother whom she dearly loved and who dies of cancer.
Powerful symbolisms in moths, as the girls washes her dead grandmother’s body, and the setting sun.
Sure-fire formula for poignant: Jul 26, Lizzie rated it it was ok Shelves: I didn’t have a problem with this story, but it didn’t reach me very much. It’s very very short, and very very disconnected from a lot of what I like to find in it. Too little of not enough. Too little characterization, setting, cultural influence, stakes. I did like the difficult narrator, a not-nice teenager who brawls with her family but cares for her dying grandmother.
I liked that the story was not about her difficulty, trying to cure or redeem her. She just was herself. Her voice lends some I didn’t have a problem with this story, but it didn’t reach me very much. Her voice lends some strong and dark imagery, but for me the story didn’t build enough to have many places to settle upon. Sep 29, Julia Gorning rated it really liked it.
Magical realism that really, really disturbed me towards the end.
Maddi rated it liked it Apr 09, Victoria rated it it was amazing Dec 30, DCRD rated it liked it Feb 12, Stephanie LW rated it really liked it Dec 28, Sharon Blackstone rated it it was amazing Jun 30, Kc rated it it was amazing Jun 01, Shay rated it it was amazing Jul 26, MJ Patterson rated it it was amazing Mar 05, Maris rated it liked it Oct 22, Apr 10, Aida rated it liked it.
The magic realism left me with an unnerving sense of foreboding, but also hope. Conflicted on the ending of this piece.
Not quite sure what the moths are meant to represent or if they represent anything. Not so pleased with the lack of justification for the main character’s sour attitude throughout life and why she was so fittingly chosen to take care of her grandmother. I can sense remarkable feminist ideology in this story and also a strong censure of the expectation of women in a patriarchal The magic realism left me with an unnerving sense of foreboding, but also hope.
I can sense remarkable feminist ideology in this story and also a strong censure of the expectation of women in a patriarchal society. Thrilled finally to be reading some Chicana literature, however.
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Helena Maria Viramontes born February 26, is an American fiction writer and professor of English.
The Moths by Helena María Viramontes
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