Wed 29 Nov 2006
This week I decided to write about the Juan Manzano reading, Autobiography of a Slave. I decided to write about this reading because I thought that it was very interesting and fun to read. I liked this reading for many reason one of those was because I liked how it switched throughout the reading from being about getting abused to finally fighting back. It also never mentions the girl’s mother it only mentions her mistress and her master. It starts by talking about how often the girl gets hurt and how her injuries are lasting injuries and will be with her forever. One example of this is when she talks about her nose, she says “suffering a broken nose to the point that blow after blow two streams of blood would pour from my nostrils”. The she goes on to talk about he wound she got “the wound was so dangerous that, having opened or smashed my skull, a part of my brain was visible. The wound remained open for more that two years.” I like how she put this in the reading because it makes you feel sorry for her and realize how hard her life must have been. I also like how at the end it changes and she becomes a “lion” especially when she sees her mistress getting attacked. To me this is a good way of ending the story because it shows how she has overcome her problems and learned how to fight back and not be taken advantage of. That is why I liked the reading.