Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 128
By first showing the joy people experienced from the street musician's entertainment, and then
saying that he was arrested "three times a week'' for his work, Cruz underscores how the law can often work against the desires of ordinary people. Not only is the musician penalized for performing on the street, but so are the ‘‘huge crowds’’ who come to see him, as they are now deprived of his music and his toys. The Don Arturo on whom the poem is based used to play his guitar and sell his puppets outside of Gimbel's and Macy's in New York City, two of the largest department stores in two of the busiest parts of Manhattan. As with the character in the poem, Arturo was also arrested regularly.
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