What is the  meaning of "Quinceanera" by Judith Ortiz Cofer?

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“Quinceanera” by Judith Ortiz Cofer portrays a girl getting ready for her fifteen birthday celebration.  In the Spanish culture, this celebration is important as a rite of passage from a girl to a young woman..  It also has roots in spirituality as well.  The Quinceañera celebration is filled with traditions, many of them rooted in religion.  Through the years, some of the rituals have faded, but those that remain hold great meaning for the young Spanish woman.

The narration in this poem is first person point of view.  The main character is the speaker or narrator.  She is the fifteen year old girl who is getting ready to celebrate her Quinceanara.

The speaker announces a symbolic move into womanhood by putting up her dolls as though they were her dead children.  She will save them for her children when she marries.

Adding a slip to her undergarments is another sign of maturity.  No one should be able...

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