Abuela Invents the Zero

Abuela Invents the Zero

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  • Constancia and Abuela at Church
  • Coming Home After Church
  • You made me feel like a zero, like a nothing. (in Spanish)
  • Constancia Learns from Her Mistakes
  • What I did to Abuela was disrespectful; and horrible. Its hard for me to admit what a jerk I was; but now I have learned from my mistake. 
  • The main characters in the story are Constancia, her Abuela, and Constancia´s parents. Abuela gets lost in church when they are returning from praying. Constancia is very embarrassed by her grandmother so she ignores her; waiting for someone else to help her grandmother. This is just one of the ways that Constancia disrespects her grandmother while she is staying with her family.
  • The Abuela calls Constancia out on her mistake and tells her how she felt; by using allusion. Abuela says, ¨You made me feel like a zero.¨ Constancia cannot respond at the moment, because she is ashamed of herself, so she acts as if she did not know. Her mother then sends her to her room to think about it.
  • By the end of the story, Constancia understands the horrible act that she has committed. She learns from her mistake, and feels remorseful for treating her grandmother poorly. The theme that Constancia learned from the story; is respect for your elders.
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