Geraldo No Last Name

by Sandra Cisneros

Start Free Trial

What is the resolution of "Geraldo No Last Name"?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

There are two types of resolution that a story might have. The first type is a narrative resolution, whereby all plot-lines are resolved. The second type is a moral resolution, which is when the story finishes with a clear moral message.

Sandra Cisneros' "Geraldo No Last Name" has a narrative resolution in the sense that we, the readers, know that Geraldo is dead and that the woman he danced with was sent home from the hospital. However, there is a lack of a narrative resolution in that we don't know how Geraldo died.

In terms of a moral resolution, the moral at the end of the story seems to be that we should pay more attention to those on the fringes of our society, like immigrants and refugees. At the end of the story, Geraldo dies with nobody really knowing anything about him. This is the real tragedy of the story, and from this tragedy one might infer the aforementioned moral.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial