The Myth Of The Latin Woman
irections: Read Judith Ortiz Cofer’s essay “ The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”. Answer the questions below. Be sure to copy and paste the questions and then respond. You must provide extensive analysis and use evidence from the story. Thereafter, do not forget to respond to one classmate’s work for this assignment. 1. Why does Cofer initiate her essay with an anecdote? Why did the man start singing a song from West Side Story to her? 2. Why didn’t Cofer’s parents assimilate into the mainstream American culture when their daughter was young? Do you agree with their decision? Explain. 3. Why did Cofer’s parents monitor closely during her younger years? How was their sheltering significant in molding 4. What were some cultural conflicts the Puerto Rican girls encountered? 5. How did the Puerto Rican girls dress create a misrepresentation of their character? 6. Explain the sexual harassments the women faced. Who is responsible for it? 7. Why does Cofer provide a background at Puerto Rican’s social codes? 8. How do you feel about the provocative aspect of their dress codes? Can it cause any detrimental consequences? Explain. 9. Why do you think nearly most of the world at that time had two references of Latinos: West Side Story and Evita? 10. How is Hollywood responsible for some of the Puerto Rican stereotypes? 11. During Cofer’s poetry reading, how did the older woman react after hearing Cofer read the poem? (40t) 12. Do you think Cofer’s presentations have debunked the Latin women myths? Explain.