What is the man theme in the short story "Stolen Party" by Liliana Heker?

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The theme of the short story “The Stolen Party” is that we will always be what we come from.   Social class is not that easy to overcome.

In this story, a young girl named Rosaura learns this the hard way.  She has been invited to a party at the home of the daughter of her mother’s employer.  She is excited, but her mother warns her that the children won’t see her as an equal, and the employer’s daughter is not her friend.

“Ah yes, your friend,” her mother grumbled. She paused. “Listen, Rosaura,” she said at last. “That one’s not your friend. You know what you are to them? The maid’s daughter, that’s what.”

Little Rosaura does not listen.  She goes to the party and they ask her to help serve and pass out goodies.  At the end, she expects to get her goodie and instead gets paid.  This is how she learns that she was never a guest.  She was an employee all along.  Rosaura stiffens as the maid thanks her and hands her the money.

 Señora Ines, motionless, stood there with her hand outstretched. As if she didn’t dare draw it back. As if the slightest change might shatter an infinitely delicate balance.

 Ines realizes that Rosaura has just learned a difficult lesson about class.  You will always be where you came from.  Social class is hard to overcome.  Once an employee’s daughter, always an employee’s daughter.

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The main themes of "Stolen Party" are class discrimination and loss of childhood innocence. At the beginning of the story, Rosaura gets invited to Luciana's birthday party and believes that her invitation is a genuine sign of their friendship. However, Rosaura's mother, who is Mrs. Ines's maid, warns her that the rich family views her as their maid's daughter and not as a friend. Despite her mother's warning, Rosaura attends the party and helps pass out food to the other children. Rosaura utterly enjoys herself during the party but realizes that her mother's instincts were correct when Mrs. Ines pays her instead of giving her a present. Mrs. Ines's gesture indicates that Rosaura is not accepted as a friend, and her invitation was to work at the party. Rosaura's background and lower social status prevent her from being accepted by the wealthy community. Rosaura's motionless, stunned reaction reveals that she has lost her childhood innocence. Rosaura had naively believed that she would be viewed as an equal, which is why Mrs. Ines's gesture is so upsetting to her.

kyarzuaga | Student

no matter where we come from or who we are we will always seek our goals