In Puerto Rican Obituary, the Puerto Rican people from New York City struggle to attain
the “American Dream” a dream that is unreal. The American dream was intended for people of
European descent, and sadly a cycle of Puerto Rican people overworked treated unfairly, were
influenced by media symbols, and lived unfair housing system along with racial discrimination.
Hence, the Puerto Rican community kept dreaming or died not accomplishing the American
Pietri points out, Puerto Rican’s were hard workers, even though they did not get
compensated for it, “They worked They were always on time They were never late They never
spoke back when they were insulted They worked They never took days off that were not on the
calendar They never went on strike without permission They worked ten days a week and were
only paid for five They worked They worked They worked and they died They died broke They
died owing They died never knowing what the front entrance of the first national city bank looks
like.” Through this quote Pierti stresses Puerto Ricans’ worked without recognition and
remained in poverty.
According to Pietri’s text the Puerto Rican community was influenced by television
symbols which expresses what the American dream appears to be, “These dreams These empty
dreams from the make-believe bedrooms their parents left them are the after-effects of television
programs about the ideal white american family with black maids and latino janitors who are
well train to make everyone and their bill collectors laugh at them and the people they
represent.” The concepts of wanting materialistic things also lead to hate and jealousy among the
Puerto Rican community. For Instance, “Juan died hating Miguel because Miguel’s used car was
in better running condition than his used car Miguel died hating Milagros because Milagros had
a color television set and he could not afford one yet Milagros died hating Olga because Olga
made five dollars more on the same job Olga died hating Manuel because Manuel hit the
numbers more times than she had hit the...