The Glass of Milk

by Manuel Rojas

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In the story "The Glass of Milk," the walls of the city are symbolic of the youth's internal psychological walls. What other symbols can you find in the story and how would understanding them help you to better understand the story?

Have you ever experienced the kind of hunger the youth experiences in the story? How did this change your behavior or attitudes then, and does that change still affect your life today? Explain in detail.

If machismo is the governing aspect of the youth's daily life, why and how does he allow himself to accept the comfort and ministrations of the woman in the milk bar?

Explain the change in attitude of the boy between the time he leaves the wharf to find the milk bar and his arrival back at the wharf. What physical and psychological differences do you see that account for any differences in his attitude?

Do you know any other stories in which an individual experiences a similar set of circumstances? How would you compare that tale with this one and what are the major differences between the two? If you do not know a fictional story, do you know any real-life tales of similar circumstances?

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