What would you say to Elena about her experience with Eugene?WHAT D THEY MEAN BY THIS

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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In the short story "American History" by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the character of Elena is very shy, withdrawn, and innocent just as her new friend Eugene seems to be.  By the end of the story, you should realize that Eugene's mother will not allow her son to study with Elena, even though they are neighbors and classmates, because Elena is Hispanic and Eugene is not.  Therefore, I would tell Elena that there are some people in this world who are selfish and ignorant and because of these disgraceful qualities they will lead sad, meaningless lives in isolation.  Elena needs to realise that she should learn from a situation like this and involve herself with people who make her feel good about herself instead of people who cannot see past her skin color or nationality.

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