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Analysis of Analysis of Pat Mora(TM)s La Migra

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Analysis of Pat Mora's "La Migra" Pat Mora's "La Migra" is a poem presenting two speakers, one female and one male, who are playing the game "La Migra" which means "border patrol agents". Mora creates a snapshot of the dangers of living near the Mexican border through the narrators' "game". The poem is written with childish language, but includes ambiguity of whether the players are children approaching a disturbingly mature theme or whether they're adults trying to minimize the stress of the situation. Despite both interpretations being decently supported by the text, I support the first for a few key reasons. ...read more.

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Straightforwardly the speakers present themselves as young since they're playing a game. Furthermore, there's the hesitation of the boy not knowing exactly his weapons beyond his masculinity. He shows this saying, "Oh, and [I have] a gun" (17). Because of his age he doesn't completely understand the sexuality he's mentioning. Instead of referring to assault he minimizes it to the ability to touch her wherever he wants. This also shows a child's curiosity of the anatomy of the opposite sex. Readers may interpret the speakers as adult because of the intense subject matter. However, children are more aware of violence than they should be and I don't think it's unlikely for them to play a sexualized game. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also, "Get ready" (37) shows how the situation is being changed. The poem was published in the second wave of feminism which shows the hopefulness of the author. Finally I believe Mora wrote about children because it adds essential meaning to the poem-if the speakers were adult the poem merely talks about the risk of sexual assault because of border controversy, but as children the meaning expands to include the crucial influence this violence has on the development and understanding of gender roles that children develop. The poem could be interpreted from either perspective, but it's more meaningful if the reader assumes the juvenility of the speakers. The dialogue is childish and the situations are real. Children understand the taboo differently than adults and therefore have made a game of this horrific, realistic situation. ...read more.

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