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What is the central idea of "Geraldo No Last Name" by Sandra Cisneros?

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The character Geraldo in "Geraldo No Last Name" represents the negative stereotypes attached to the many hard working immigrants that come to the U.S. to work, and who often share the same terrible fate—disappearing without a trace and no one seems to care.

In the story, Geraldo is killed in a hit and run after a late night dance. This is witnessed by the girl he had been dancing with, Marin. She tries to help doctors identify him at the hospital, but she barely knows him and he carries no identification. She also feels ashamed for being out with someone like him.

But what difference does it make? He wasn’t anything to her. He wasn’t her...

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