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This is where she got her first taste of the lives of immigrants in this country within the urban barrios. The story progresses in three short sections. Each section involves a different scenario and is told from the point of view of a different narrator. The three separate settings do not fully come together until the end of the last section.

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This is where she got her first taste of the lives of immigrants in this country within the urban barrios. The story progresses in three short sections. Each section involves a different scenario and is told from the point of view of a different narrator. The three separate settings do not fully come together until the end of the last section. This approach makes the story initially very complicated to understand and difficult to connect the sections as a coherent stream of events.

Perhaps the situations presented in the story were ones that posed this amount of confusion and frustration in real life to those who lived through them. Maybe Viramontes needed to convey in her story that what really happened in the urban barrios of Los Angeles never really made sense to anyone. The opening section of this story is a third person narrative. The narrator immediately introduces a poor Chicano family with two young children.

A few initial facts that the reader picks up in the opening paragraph are that both parents have to work, the children often play by themselves in back allies and carry their own keys, and the father has warned the children to always avoid the police.

Viramontes sets a disconcerting tone by introducing that it is night time and Sonya, the young girl, has lost her key and cannot let her younger brother, Macky, and herself into their apartment. The first few paragraphs succeed in showing that Sonya is responsible and protective of her brother despite her age as she chases after him to keep him out of the street.

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Images of fragmentation further develop in the first part of the story, told from the point of view of Sonya, who has lost her key to the apartment she shares with her brother Macky and her father. She must wait on the steps with her brother until her father returns because "the four walls of the apartment were the only protection against the streets" Not only has Sonya been separated from her key, which she considers her "guardian saint" 61 , but the children have been cut off from the central place of safety and unity in their lives, the place where their family is whole. This opening image of the children locked out of the apartment marks the beginning of the breaking apart of the nucleus of the family. In an effort to recreate a sense of centeredness, the children decide to go to Mrs.

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