Esmeralda Santiago Writing Styles in When I Was Puerto Rican

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Perspective

The story is written in first person from Esmeralda's point of view. Esmeralda tells the story of her life, apparently from some of her earliest memories at the age of four. The perspective is written from Esmeralda's memory years after the event. The reader should keep in mind that the story is likely skewed somewhat by Esmeralda's memory over the passage of years. For examples, Esmeralda recalls that having her father's infidelity pointed out by her mother was not enough to matter until the day she realized the truth of the accusations. At that point, she feels bitter and betrayed. These feelings may have been amplified by the fact that her father later allows the family to leave the country and then marries another woman. This hurts Esmeralda and it seems possible that her memories of this earlier hurt is amplified by the more recent feelings of betrayal...

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