Stones for Ibarra

Essay by AdelitaHigh School, 12th gradeA, May 2004

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Adelita Lopez

There are many different cultures, beliefs and diverse people around the world; this short story Stones for Ibarra brings together two totally different worlds, that of the Everton's and the "townspeople". The Everton's are an American couple looking to settle down in this little abandoned town. Both of these worlds teach each other many different things and influence each other in every way. The Everton's are viewed as somewhat of superior figures and the townspeople feel subordinate to them. Even though there is a great social difference between these two worlds they learn to cope and accept each other. In this small town religion is a big part of the townspeople's lives. Here priest, curanderos (witch-doctor), bishop, and any other "servants" of god were held and viewed as an elite group.

In this story I noticed how all of these priests... this elite group actually took advantage of their positions.

They allowed the Everton's to be a part of their luncheons, private celebrations and so forth. These social gatherings were supposed to be for those only closely affiliated with the Catholic Church yet the priests felt the authority to include the wealthy Everton's. Also the priests... felt themselves superior to the people of the town of Ibarra. For example in pg.139, a deaf girl walks into one of the luncheons to greet the priest and he, as a form of greeting, does not bother to get up to show respect instead he simply sits there and offers the girl his hand to kiss. This act itself shows how this group of "god servants" place themselves at a higher position than the rest of the town.

It is very hypocritical of the priests to act as higher peoples. Aren't we all, in the eyes of god, equal? Why is...