Stones For Ibarra Essay

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Adelita Lopez There are many different cultures, beliefs and diverse people around the world; this short story Stones for Ibarra brings together two totally different worlds, that of the Everton's and the "townspeople". The Everton's are an American couple looking to settle down in this little abandoned town. Both of these worlds teach each other many different things and influence each other in every way. The Everton's are viewed as somewhat of superior figures and the townspeople feel subordinate to them. Even though there is a great social difference between these two worlds they learn to cope and accept each other. In this small town religion is a big part of the ...view middle of the document...

.. have their own social gatherings, at the expense of whom? The poor humble town people who barely make it day by day? There is also another gathering that happens between the religious groups, they get together to celebrate the day of the Saints. This is strictly a religious event for sole Catholic believers yet the Everton's who aren't even religious are there! By their lack of participation in the conversations going on we are able to see how out of place they really are. For example it isn't until the bishop mentions something about visiting in Rome that Sara and Richard actually participate. On pg. 141 it is said, "Now Richard and Sara had something to say, of stones and drains and arches, for they, too, were once in Rome." The religious groups in small towns like Ibarra are always caste as superior to the town people. There is a story within this novel about a young priest whose future was secured by his parents. They were a very poor family so they wanted to secure a better future for their son. When their son was a very young age his father purposely cut off his right hand, as mentioned in page 142; the boy missing his right hand couldn't really do anything else. Therefore this boy was practically forced to hold this religious office by will of his father whom committed such an act. The religious priests and so forth aren't really what they portray themselves to be; I noticed this by all the events that went on in the town and the padres really showed who they were. The padres took advantage of their positions by taking...

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