Respect, Hard Work And Wisdom In A Celebretion Of Grandfather´S By Rudolfo A. Anaya

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In today’s society, America is represented by the young, the cool, and most importantly, the active. In past generations, the elderly were looked upon in admiration for their accomplishments in life. Now, they are tossed aside, due to their inability to work in this day and age. In a summary of the fiction piece, Time Machine, by H. G. Wells, there is tell how “...in the land of everlasting youth, the problem of ageing-if it is a problem- has been apparently resolved. A genre of utopian and dystopian writers raise often unanswered questions about the place of the elderly in future society. In the past, as in the present, that experience has often become grim. This book is about, bluntly, the killing of old people...” Although the death has not occurred yet in the modern age, the lack of respect has gone up substantially. This is shown in one text in particular. In the nonfiction, A Celebration of Grandfathers, by Rudolfo A. Anaya, his grandfather’s quotes give insights on the signs of respect, hard work, and wisdom.
To begin, Anaya’s grandfather teaches his grandson respect, this being achieved by showing him examples of his life. In New Mexico, where this story takes place, there is a certain level of respect for the elderly that most don’t see in common cultures. It is shown that respect is greatly looked upon, as they are the first lines of the story. “Buenos dias le de Dios, abuelo.” God give you a good day, grandfather. This is how I was taught as a child to greet my grandfather, or any grown person. It is a greeting of respect, a cultural value to be passed on from generation, this respect for the old ones (Page 444).” In their culture, the elderly are treated with respect.
Secondly, hard work and dedication to your passion is how the elderly earn their final recognition in the community before retiring. Throughout the course of his life, Anaya’s abuelo was a laborer in his years of working on a farm, and it taught him discipline. This is what he could pass on to his next generation; or his son and grandson in this case....

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