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In the short story, The Stolen Party, the author demonstrates the interactions and prejudices between the rich and the middle-working class.

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Sometimes we get so caught up in other people's lives, we believe we are just like them. No matter how many times we are told we are not the same, we just cannot accept the fact we are different. We often act this way because we want to fit in, rather than standing out from the crowd. In the short story, The Stolen Party, the author demonstrates the interactions and prejudices between the rich and the middle-working class. Initially, when someone's trying to look out for you and protect you from getting hurt, one hear things he/she may not want to hear. People tend to react in a defensive manner and ignore the things they do not want to acknowledge. In Rosaura's case, this was the mother's job. As a mother, you want to protect your daughter and that is exactly what Rosaura's mother tried to do. She went with her utmost instinct and told her daughter why she disapproved her from attending the party, even though she was being bluntly honest. ...read more.


In addition, people sometimes feel like an outcast from others, so they try to impress them by fitting in with the crowd. You can see Rosaura doing this by washing her hair so that it would be "all nice and shiny" like all the other rich kids. Also her mother "starched her Christmas dress" for her because she knew everyone was going to be dressing formal. What Rosaura does not realize is that she is trying to impress people, who think she is unequal to them. Everyone knows, except Rosaura. She got so caught up in being like all the other rich kids; She forgot she was the "daughter of the maid." Her mother told her if someone ever asked where she was from, she would have to say "[She's] the daughter of the employee" because she knew if her daughter said she was the daughter of a maid, the kids would understand she was unequal to them. One of the girls at the party asked Rosaura who she was, and of course Rosaura said she was a friend of Luciana's. ...read more.


As soon as money was offered the real nature of the relationship becomes clear. At this point, Rosaura realizes she was not anything special after all, she was literally a maid at the party, but she was too busy trying to fit in, she did not realize she was the maid until after she was rewarded with money. The party is "stolen" from Rosaura because it's the most wonderful thing she's ever experienced. She feels like she belongs and is a part of this wonderful world, but in the end, she discovers that she was considered the "help" and that was the only reason she was even invited. All the joy of the party is stolen away in the moment Seniora Ines tries to pay her, and even the stuff that wasn't a task (like getting to hold the monkey) doesn't matter to her anymore, it was tarnished. All in all, no matter how many times people tell you that you do not fit in with the crowd, people still see themselves the same as everyone else when in fact they stand out from others. They finally realize they are not the same as everybody else when they experience an event that changes how they see themselves. ...read more.

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