• “The Witch’s Husband” by Judith Ortiz Cofer

    The author:
    - Born in 1952, Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.
    - Raised and educated in New Jersey, The United States.
    - Wrote in several literary genres: poetry, short stories, autobiographies, essays, and young adult novels.
    - Received numerous awards and honors for her writing.
    - Is currently a Professor of English at the University of Georgia. 
    - was influenced by folktales, myths, and fairy tales told to her by old Puerto Rican ladies.
    - Her protagonists usually suffer the conflict of becoming wholly American or essentially Puerto Rican
    The text:
    - Narrator: The daughter, First person narrator, has a limited point of view.
    - Main Characters: 1) The granddaughter (round/dynamic) 2) The grandmother (round/dynamic) 3) The grandfather (flat/static)
    - Characters in the witch’s story: 1) The witch’s husband (flat/dynamic) 2) The witch (flat/static)
    - Plot: Exposition: introducing the grandparent’s conditions and the problem that the narrator is trying to solve.
    Rising action: The grandmother starts telling the story of the witch’s husband.
    Climax: The granddaughter asks her grandmother about the lost year.
    Falling action: The granddaughter discovers the real reason of why her grandmother went to New York.
    Resolution: The granddaughter accepts her grandmother’s wishes of not wanting to go to the nursing home.
    Theme: Element of folklore – Personal needs/space
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