I Am Joaquin Vs. The First Sev

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I Am Joaquin Vs. The First Sev


Sometimes many similarities can be found between two completely different works of
literature. The poem 'I am Joaquin'; and the short story 'The First Seven Years'; at the
same time exhibit both contrasting positions and similar ideals. Even though 'I am
Joaquin'; is told from Mexican-American perspective while 'The First Seven Years'; is told
from Jewish-American perspective, similarities are found in both. They tell of the
American Dream and of the two mentioned families' roles and influences as a means of
attaining that dream. The roles of the families in these works and each version of the
American Dream are based on the same ideals, but involve different methods.

'The First Seven Years'; and 'I am Joaquin'; express the same versions of the American
Dream in terms of what is wanted. The idea of both works is a better life for the future
generations of the families. Both selections also make it clear that the people involved
desire a relief of what has been done for many years. 'I am Joaquin'; tells of a work with
'no end';. The people want an end to this tiring work they have done for years with no
reward. Feld from 'The First Seven Years'; wants his daughter to marry someone

who will make the shoemaker's next generation one that is not making shoes. Feld thinks
that if his daughter marries a shoemaker, his dream will be ruined because she will not
have a better life than her mother did. Therefore, what is wanted in both selections is
not only a better life, but a new life as well.
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