Summary of Like Mexicans

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“Like Mexicans” is a narrative essay written by author Gary Soto who is using his own personal
Experience to describe his moral believes, cultural values that shaped his thinking and tried to influence his mindset. His cultural identity as a Mexican had a deep impact in shaping the principles of his life and had an impact on his attitude towards making a future decisions. Author is describing two periods of his life, when he was in his early teens around thirteen years of age and later when his emotions, thoughts and believes have changed, around his young adulthood early twenty’s .

This essay talks about Gary’s childhood being raised in a closed Mexican community with the set rules and expectations of the society that every Mexican should morally obey. Everything that he learned, observed and truly believed has changed when he became a young adult. His values about life and people has drastically taken a different path in life, when he met his future wife Carolyn, who was a
Japanese decent. The author very much concentrates on his grandmother and her strong influence on trying to talk
Gary into marrying only a Mexican girl. For her everyone that was not Mexican would not be a fitted wife for her grandson Gary. She sais “ No Okies hijo”, “ My son married one, and they fight everyday about I don’t know what and I don’t know what”. She is using her personal unfamiliarity and unawareness about people from different backgrounds and that made her indirectly to be a prejudice towards Okies ( Whites). Her discriminative and judgmental behavior together with other family members came from lack of knowledge and poor information about people from other cultures.
The community in which Gary grew up was a patriarchal, where women was a caregiver and excellent cook and man was a head of a household and a bred maker. Watching his grandmother…...

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