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In “The Stolen Party” by Liliana Heker, the kitchen is important because it signifies that Rosaura is a servant and not a guest of Senora Ines’ birthday party. When Rosaura arrives at the party, the first place she rushes to is the kitchen. Innocently enough, readers learn that the reason why Rosaura is eager to get to the kitchen is so she can see the magician’s monkey (Heker 2). Senora Ines informs Rosaura she is the only one allowed in the kitchen. She states, “You yes, but not the others, they’re much too boisterous, they might break something” (Heker 2). Here readers see an example of Senora Ines’ word manipulation that she uses to prevent Rosaura from realizing that she’s not like the other party guests. During the party, Rosaura often goes back into the kitchen to see the monkey and she feels proud that she is the only one allowed into the kitchen; however, the immediate relation between Rosaura and the kitchen foreshadows what her true role is at the birthday party. Throughout the story, readers can see the reoccurring instances of Rosaura being singled out to cater to the other guests. She served the juice (Heker 2), the hot dogs (Heker 3) and the cake (Heker 3). Coincidently, Senora Ines only asked for help to serve food and only Rosaura was allowed in the kitchen, which is where food is usually prepared. This asserts that Rosaura’s first and other instances with the kitchen reveals her true role at the birthday party: a servant.
Harrah’s ill intent to lure Bachmann into the casino represents an unfair practice. Preying on people for financial profits who do not have the ability to make decisions for themselves should be punished rather than rewarded; this practice is unethical. Duhigg demonstrates, “The company tracked customers through loyalty cards and mailed out coupons for free meals and cash vouchers; telemarketers called people at home to ask where they had been” (5). Harrah’s used customer tracking to follow and to encourage customers to keep coming, even when they were not capable of controlling themselves. The casino manipulated their customers to increase its profits, no matter how gambling would ruin their lives. Duhigg explains that “[Bachmann] would try to slow down, but the casino’s appeals became more insistent” (5). Harrah's constant effort to lure Bachmann into gambling by sending vouchers and coupons and lending money to her, knowing that she was unable to meet her financial obligation represents malicious intent. Harrah's ill intent should make it legally responsible for the ramifications of Bachman's gambling habits.
Although Bachmann was cognizant of her actions, she did not exercise self discipline in order to better herself. Instead of restraining herself from gambling, she began gambling everyday. Duhigg writes, “Casino gambling wasn’t legal in Tennessee and ‘I didn’t want to fall back into bad patterns’ she told me. ‘I wanted to live away from anything that reminded me of feeling out of control.’ She changed her phone numbers and didn’t tell the casinos her new address. It felt safer this way” (5). Bachmann’s gambling addiction was so severe that she moved away and did not give the casinos her new address and phone numbers. After her parents passed away, she became depressed and questioned if she was a good daughter. She wanted to make the pain dissipate and she realized she would go back to her old habits; however, she still asked her husband to take her to the casino. Money was not an issue for Bachmann because she had just inherited one million dollars from her parents. Because Bachmann returned to the casino after she realized she was an addict, she acted unethically and she should suffer the consequences of her actions.
Essay on A Lesson About Life in The Stolen Party
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A Lesson About Life in The Stolen Party
In Liliana Heker’s story, "The Stolen Party," the young child Rosaura is hurt because she is a victim of a class structure which keeps the rich on the top and people like her and her mother at the bottom of society. By the end of the story Rosaura will have learned a very important lesson in class structure which, because it is so traumatic for her, she will carry with her for the rest of her life.
The first evidence we see which supports the claim that this is a story of class structure comes when Rosaura’s mother says to her, "I don’t like you going, it’s a rich people’s party" (Heker 1133). This lets the reader know that the mother is aware of the ways of the world. She knows that…show more content…
Another example which shows that Rosaura is unaware of class structure is when Luciana’s cousin, the girl with the bow, talks to her. It is obvious that this girl has learned about the class structure boundaries by the way she treats Rosaura. The girl gets Rosaura to admit that her mother is an employee, and she tells Rosaura that just because she does her homework with Luciana does not mean they are friends. Rosaura lets this roll off her back like every other thing that has been said to her that day. It seems that she is repeatedly getting introduced to the idea that there are social classes, but this does not come together until the end of the story.
Another example which supports the idea that Rosaura is seen as help is by the way she is treated by Senora Ines. Rosaura thinks she is getting special privileges because she is the only one allowed in the kitchen, the only one who is allowed to help serve the hot-dogs, and the only child who could help pass out the birthday cake. Instead, Rosaura is being treated as a maid by Senora Ines, and she does not even know it. Senora Ines thinks this treatment is acceptable because Rosaura is the daughter of the maid and not of a high class background like herself. Senora Ines assumed that Rosaura knew her place because it was natural to