When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

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In the book ‘When I Was a Puerto Rican’, by Esmeralda Santiago, we can see the opening chapter “Jibara”. In this book we can see the live of the Author. Esmeralda was born in puerot Rico in 1948, grew up in a neighborhood called Macun. In this book she relate the story of her formative years in the island with his family before immigrating to America where she claims to have loss of identity. Esmeralda, in thisfirst chapter tells the story when she was a child and lived with her parents in Macum. In this opening chapter "jibara" we are going to see how her "family lived, like Jibaros or county people." (99)
Esmeralda has only four years old and has just arrived with his family to Macun, a town at Puerto Rico, a semi-rural community, where wild nature is part of the daily life of families living there. The father is making some improvements to housing, under the tropical sun, the walls of the brass housing overheat and burn the girl’s fingers, which does not seem to arouse sympathy for the mother and her Told her “that’ll teach you “, Mom scolded. “Never touched a wall on the sunny side." (100)
A little further on is told in the new house as the father had removed uneven floor boards but it still creaked and tiptoe into the corners, Al loosen the floorboards to replace them by others, he warned that while completing the work, have to live with a dirt floor, causing chills to the mother, as under tables, in holes in the ground, they have been told her that there scorpions and snakes have their nests.
Esmeralda’s father was making a campfire and it enlists the help of emeralds. His father asked him to lift a table and take her to another place, when she did this, the insects were on the table began to attack the insects were all over his body, chopping, and causing much pain. Her mother got up and heals, making her feel bad for saying that this was the punishment for disobeying.