ELA: Scene with Miguel and Esperanza

Updated: 5/15/2020
ELA: Scene with Miguel and Esperanza

Storyboard Text

  • What is wrong with her?
  • Anza? Anza!
  • Is this the better life you left Mexico for? Is it? Nothing is right here! Isabel will certainly not be queen no matter how badly she wants it because she is Mexican. You cannot work on engines because you are Mexican. We have gone to work through angry crowds of our own people who threw rocks at us, and I'm afraid they might have been right! They send people back to Mexico even if they don't belong there, just for speaking up. We live in a horse stall. And none of this bothers you? Have you heard that they are building a new camp for Okies, with a swimming pool? The Mexicans can only swim in it on the afternoon before they clean it! Have you heard they will be given inside toilets and hot water? Why is that, Miguel? Is it because they are the fairest in the land? Tell me! Is this life really better than being a servant in Mexico?
  • In Mexico, I was a second-class citizen. I stood on the other side of the river, remember? And I would have stayed that way my entire life. At least here, I have a chance. Maybe I must be more determined than others to succeed, but I know that it will happen. Aguántate tantito y la fruta caerá en tu mano.
  • Sheesh. I was just trying to be reassuring! Well guess what, Anza? I'm tired of you telling me how to live my life!
  • Anza.Anza, everything will work out.
  • And you still think you are a queen.
  • How do you know, Miguel? I don't want to see your optimism about this land of possibility when I see no proof! Look at yourself. Are you standing on the other side of the river? No! You are still a peasant!