From Generation to Generation, A Great Way to Learn essays
As it is often said in the Jewish religion, "From generation to generation" our way of life and our history is passed down.Sometimes the learning even comes from the opposite direction; from our youth.Those aspects of life that are most significant very often come from within our own families.This is evident in the stories: "Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood," ”Indian Camp," and “Beauty: When The Other Dancer Is The Self.”
"Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood," is written by Judith Ortiz Cofer.Cofer is an immigrant from Puerto Rico.This story displays the significance of the effect older members of a family have on the next generation.The older women in the family share many tales with the younger girls in the family.The elders are not always aware that the girls are overhearing their conversations, however the narratives were "meant to be overheard by us young girls."The tales concentrated on life lessons.The meanings and the methods for telling the stories are important.The elder reveled in the delivery of the stories as well as the story content.It was easy to envision the scene as I too am thefirst American born in my family.I remember by parents, grandparents and great-grandparents sitting and discussing life and our family in Argentina and being proud of my ancestry.It is a large part of what has made me such a family oriented person today.
The next story is "Indian Camp" by Ernest Hemingway.In this story a teenager, named Nick, and his father visit and Indian camp to help a woman give birth.While at the village Nick observes his father, who is a doctor, deliver a baby to an Indian by caesarian section. As the story continues, Nick’s father discovers that the newborn’s father has committed suicide. Soon afterward Nick and his father engage in a discussion about death, which brings the story to an