Reading Guide (handout) values: a person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life



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“A Celebration of Grandfathers”

  • Rudolfo A. Anaya
  • Page 444

Before You Read:

  • Reading Guide (handout)
  • values: a person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life.
  • worldview: the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world
    • perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view
    • interpret: to understand the significance of; to explain the meaning of

Rudolfo A. Anaya

  • Born 1937 in New Mexico
  • novels, stories, and articles
  • writings reflect Mexican American
  • heritage and his concern for the past
  • “A Celebration of Grandfathers” reflects on the “old ones” he remembers from his childhood

Notes:

  • What type of essay?
    • reflective essay
  • What is the most important subject that Anaya reflects upon?
    • Anaya reflects on his feelings about the value of the elderly in our society
  • What does the passage that describes his grandfather as “connected to the cycle that brought the rain and kept it from us” (447) reveal?
    • He saw himself as a participant in the “circle of life” not a bystander.
  • What is Anaya’s attitude toward the values of young people today?
  • What does the “autumn of life” (451) refer to?
    • old age
  • What does Anaya do to bring the essay “full circle?”
  • What lesson did Anaya learn from the death of his friend, a young man dragged by his horse?

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