Parrot In The Oven Metaphors

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Victor Martinez made a book called “Parrot in the Oven.” The title “Parrot in the Oven” is an extended metaphor. The metaphor is about a person’s ignorance. In the beginning of the story, Manny is a parrot in the oven. He is ignorant to the world around him. Victor Martinez’s “Parrot in the Oven” is a Bildungsroman, a coming of age novel, where the main character learns a valuable life lesson, because through almost shooting Pedi, Magda having a miscarriage, and being jumped into a gang.

Manny learns a lesson through almost shooting Pedi which is the first step of him growing up. Pedi is sitting on the couch while Manny is playing with his dad’s rifle, he was trying to get it unstuck when it goes off and almost hit Pedi. “As she lay there on the floor sucking in air, I said “Pedi, Pedi. Shhh, shhh!!!” My hands were jittering, as if tied to puppet strings (100). Manny said the quote because he almost shot Pedi. Manny learns that life can end for anyone at anytime. I know this is the first step to Manny growing up because he realizes that life can end in a blink of an eye.
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Manny, Magda, they’re mother are involved in this life lesson. Magda came home not feeling well and she threw up on the porch. Magda was taken to the hospital after her mother put the unborn baby in the toilet. “i think we ought to take her to the hospital.” Manny pleaded (154). Manny said the quote because he realized that Magda is dying. Manny learns that wherever he goes people will have something negative to say about him and his family. I know this is the second step to Manny growing up because he stayed with Magda even if his mother was trying to force him away from