Reflect on "Volar" by Judith Ortiz Cofer and discuss the effect of the way Spanish is used both in the title and throughout the story. What might these uses of Spanish add to our understanding of the setting, the characters, and the conflicts?

In "Volar," Spanish is used to express love and hope, as well as to pray. This show the dichotomy between the squalid setting, and the values and aspirations of the characters.

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There are only a few Spanish words and phrases besides the title in the English version of Judith Ortiz Cofer's "Volar,"* and half of them are terms of endearment. The mother calls her husband "Querido," and he responds with "Mi amor" and "Mi vida." Even when speaking about facts and plans in English, love has to be expressed in Spanish.

At the end of the essay , the author's mother says, "Ay, si yo pudiera volar" ("Ay, if I could fly"). This is the reflection...

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