2) In chapter 6, “The Hustler,” I found various examples of the the historical fact, the annexation of territory, being acknowledged. Page 113 reads, “the new apartment buildings and stores, the fresh coats of paint on the doors and window frames on abandoned shops, new storefront sign in english covering the old sun-bleached Spanish ones, the odd presence of bearded white mean with coffee, not six packs on the street corners, Where are the chicanos?”Additionally, the same chapter, page 119, reads, “The liquor I used to pick you scores and run lottery ticket hustles is now owned by a pair of “ you buy, you fly” Arab pricks…” Furthermore the most obvious historical reference occurs in the very first chapter of the book, “ We slipped into this country like thieves, onto the land that was once ours.” Finally, the Chavez Ravine, now dodger stadium, concept spread out throughout the book also addresses the gentrification of latino neighborhoods which was the result of Colonial enterprises.
3) a) Because Aurora lost Blackjack, she had to go back to the neighborhoods of her childhood and was practically forced to explore her roots. The almost losing of Blackjack made Aurora realize how much she loved him, her mom and her neighborhood which completely changed her relationship with all three.Aurora spent her whole life trying to escape echo park but then she realizes that no matter how bad it was or how good it is, it was her home regardless.
b)The Jacaranda trees symbolized Felicia’s hopes and dreams as she was being excited from her household in the beginning. However, as I saw them more throughout the book, they represent different series of events. They were an indicator of something big and dramatic like the climax of each chapter.
c) The constant coldness suffered by Beatriz and why did it go away Beatriz’s coldness didn't go away until she realized that the one thing she really needed was her daughter, Felicia. My interpretation of her coldness was Beatriz’s emptiness and the meaningless life she was living after her husband, Gabriel, passed away.
4) My favorite character in the novel is Felicia, who’s character isn’t fully…