Judith Ortiz Cofer's Silent Dancing relates to the text in both a literal and a metaphorical sense. The literal meaning of it is a reference to a home video of people dancing she happens upon. As the video camera used to record the tape did not record audio, the video itself is just a silent video of various people dancing. This creates an eerie effect that fascinates Ortiz.
Throughout her life, Ortiz experiences the pressure of expectation from all directions, be it the pressure from her family to perform as a traditional woman in Puerto Rican culture or the pressure from the world to assimilate into the American way of life. Ortiz finds quiet ways to experience joy as the world seems to stifle her at every turn, creating a "silent dance" of her own.
The complete title of the book is Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood . It is a collection of essays and poems that explore the author’s childhood growing up in Puerto Rico and New Jersey. Ortiz presents a memory...
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