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Spanglish Essay

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Spanglish (movie)

En sentido literal, "Spanglish" es un híbrido entre español e inglés, un dialecto que hablan casi 40 millones de latinos que viven en los Estados Unidos. Se refiere al cruce de estas culturas dispares cuando terminan conviviendo juntas bajo el mismo techo. Según Brooks, "Hay tantas cosas que son tan diferentes en estas dos culturas, y esta película tiene mucho que ver con donde coinciden, y donde no podrán coincidir nunca. Uno de los lugares donde pueden coincidir, y donde los personajes de Flor y John encuentran un campo común, es su forma de criar a los niños. Los dos se sienten cómodos siendo los directores de las vidas de sus hijos".Al principio de la película, Flor, ...view middle of the document...

Su carrera le había permitido canalizar gran parte de su nerviosa energía. Sin ese escape, sus inseguridades amenazan la estabilidad de la familia. Como apunta Brooks, "Deborah está atravesando una gran crisis de principios de la madurez (Está en los treinta y muchos) que afecta a todo el mundo a su alrededor".Con buenas intenciones, pero hipertensa e inconscientemente algo chiflada, Deborah siempre se esfuerza por valorarse y constantemente se alude a sí misma. Sus dos hijos, Bernice y Georgie (Sarah Steele e Ian Hyland), son víctimas de la visión idealizada de Deborah de cómo deberían ser. La madre de Deborah, Evelyn (Cloris Leachman), está al tanto del caos interno de su hija y de sus consecuencias, y le duelen, pero sus consejos caen en saco roto. Evelyn es una ex-cantante de jazz de éxito moderado que ahora lidia con su situación actual, viviendo en la casa con la desaprobación constante de su hija por ser una dedicada y amable borracha. "Hasta cierto punto, Evelyn es la única que ve las cosas venir", dice Brooks. "Percibe lo que va a pasar antes de que lo hagan los interesados. Hay una línea donde le dice a Flor: 'Te quiero. Os quiero a todos vosotros. Eso es lo que me está matando'".Deborah encuentra el comportamiento egoísta, y frenético de Deborah extraño y amenazador. Cobijada en su incapacidad para hablar inglés, observa en silencio el comportamiento de su jefa desde una distancia segura. "La privacidad y la dignidad son lo mismo, en lo que respecta a Flor", explica Brooks. "Ella mantiene su vida privada separada de los Clasky. Ni siquiera les cuenta que tiene una hija hasta que se ve obligada".Sin embargo, inevitablemente Flor se ve envuelta en las vidas de los miembros de la familia. En un intento, no demasiado sutil, para animar a Bernice a perder peso, Deborah compra a su hija ropa de una talla demasiado pequeña. Bernice está desolada. Flor se olvida de su aislamiento y se acerca para ayudar a Bernice. Reconfecciona la ropa para que le valga, y al hacerlo, pierde su última línea de defensa.Al mismo tiempo, un importantísimo periódico da al restaurante de John una condecoración de cuatro estrellas, nombrándole "el mejor chef de Estados Unidos". Su reacción tiene dos caras porque trabajar en un restaurante en Nueva York que recibe cuatro estrellas, "Es lo más propicio para acabar convirtiéndose en un idiota. El acento de la gente cambia". Él está convencido que tres estrellas y un cuarto hubieran sido perfectos: "Tienes respeto suficiente para tener buenos trabajadores contigo. El negocio va bien, no es una locura. Estás ahí, bajo el radar, donde puedes pensar en tu propio negocio. Es una vida sólida".Los Clasky alquilan en verano una casa en la playa en Malibu que es inaccesible en autobús. Deborah asume que Flor se mudará con ellos en...

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