Reading response Essay

Question 1: Baca creates an emotional attachment to the verse through the use of an irregular enclosed rhyme scheme.Baca’s attempt to illustrate his shaky heart and personality that is frequently changing. Baca also used both lexical and general repetitions to connect with the readers. Words such as “I”, “Bull”, “Thick”, “Groan”, “You”, and “Of” are repeated to deliberately emphasize the image of the bull and the pain that it goes through as it is being killed. Some whole lines such as “That’s the moon’s voice!” (Line 79) are repeated to make it easy for readers to remember what Baca thinks of the killing of the bull, and foretell his eventual defeat in the fight with a friend (Jimmy 1823). What’s more, Baca utilizes the theme to emotionally arouse the reader's. As Baca describes the pain that he experiences after being shot, he says that he crawled his unconscious legs “to the truck, lunged on elbows into the cab...” (Line 154) (Jimmy 1824). In both “truck” and “lunged”, the stressed syllable produces the “short a” sound. This makes it easy to conclude that Baca was using assonance to give the verse an “a” sound that denotes his new beginning. To complement the effect of the assonance, Baca also uses onomatopoeia. When Felipe shot him, Baca says that he heard a roaring sound – “Eruption of sound, and second shot roared” (Line 144) (Jimmy 1824). The use of the word “roared” makes it easy for readers to picture the strength of the shot and how it would harm the target. In so doing, readers end up pitying Baca for his misfortunes.

Question 2: I doubt Baca’s ability to remember what happened when his mother was making love with a stranger in the La Casita. Baca explains that his mother was raped by the man. Given the fact that Baca was only six years old, it is unlikely that he can remember what transpired in the La Casita when his mother was being raped. However, to cover up his lack of details, he uses creativity to make readers form a mental image of the rape – “She protested, wrenching to one side and then to the other, pushing him away. But the bedsprings creaked as he pinned her and said, “I love you”” (Jimmy 1826). It is fair for Baca to use creativity to fill in some details and make readers relate to the whole experience. His creativity is also loaded with some form of exaggeration that makes readers sympathize with him as they read through the memoir. For instance, the freaking of the bedsprings is an embellishment as Baca was outside and may possibly have not heard it. Even if he heard it, it may not have been loud. Baca also utilizes suspense when explaining his relationship with the nuns in the religious orphanage. When Baca asks the nurse whether he will ever reunite with his parents, he does not get a “yes” or “no” response. Instead, he is cautioned to stop asking such questions –“When I asked the nuns if my parents were coming back, I was told the matter was in God’s hands, and children shouldn’t ask such questions” (Jimmy 1833). The fact that Baca presents this line exactly as it were at the time of the unfolding leave the readers at suspense. This suspense is further heightened by the fact that the nuns advise Baca to be thankful to God that he is in such an orphanage. It is fair for Baca to use suspense as it leaves readings anticipating for more. It also makes the memoir more touching and easy for Baca to draw sympathy.Baca uses fiction techniques – creativity and suspense - to make his memoir more poignant. If Baca did not utilize the fiction techniques, the memoir would have lost its gist and the emotional attachment it currently has.

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