CHERRIE MORAGA HEROES AND SAINTS PDF

The character at the center of the play, Cerezita "Little Cherry" , is a young woman who was born without a body. A victim of the pesticides the farm owners recklessly sprayed over the fields where poor, Mexican American immigrants picked fruits and vegetables, Cerezita is literally a head on a platter. She moves from place to place with the aid of a motorized table and a joystick she can maneuver with her mouth. Drawing smart connections to the AIDS epidemic, Moraga casts shame on the politicians who are willing to look away from health crises when they afflict communities outside the white, heterosexual mainstream. About a third of the play is written in Spanish, but it is worth the work of navigating the two languages at the same time. It is full of wry social commentary, provocative imagery, and emotional revelations.

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Their ramshackle government homes are built over dumps where toxic waste poisons the water. The community has suffered a high incidence of cancer--especially in children--, birth defects, and other illnesses related to long-term intake of toxic substances. One of the main characters, Cerezita, has only half a body, and often occupies center stage encased in an altar-like contraption where only her head shows. She turns pages, points, and performs other basic functions with tongue and teeth.

She is a prophetic figure, willing to see and speak, because seeing and speaking are all she can do, and to name the evils that others prefer to call the will of God. She seeks and finds intellectual companionship in the local priest who is struggling to find an appropriate way to minister to a parish divided among disillusioned cynics turned alcoholic, pious women who want nothing to do with politics, and the angry young, including one young homosexual who feels driven to leave a loving but uncomprehending family, and reveals to the priest that he has AIDS.

The community has been involved in recent protests that consist of hanging the bodies of recently deceased children on crosses in the fields. This dramatic protest has caused public outrage and attracted media attention.

The play culminates in a protest in which Cerezita and the priest are shot down and the young man with AIDS cries out for the community to burn the fields. The curtain falls on burning vineyards. Commentary This play has justly won the awards and acclaims that have followed in its wake. Its intense topicality constitutes both its limitations and its strength. It challenges non-Latino readers to imagine a squalid and dangerous life imposed on a large immigrant population consigned to environmental dangers more privileged populations can, for the time being, avoid or mask.

Scene by scene discussion yields a rich ore of topics for reflection, including multiple links between environmental and agricultural policies and public health, the ways poverty and illness still go together, the ways we manage to avoid coming to terms with systematic violations of human and civil rights, and the role of the church in health issues.

The author is Chicana.

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Their ramshackle government homes are built over dumps where toxic waste poisons the water. The community has suffered a high incidence of cancer--especially in children--, birth defects, and other illnesses related to long-term intake of toxic substances. One of the main characters, Cerezita, has only half a body, and often occupies center stage encased in an altar-like contraption where only her head shows. She turns pages, points, and performs other basic functions with tongue and teeth. She is a prophetic figure, willing to see and speak, because seeing and speaking are all she can do, and to name the evils that others prefer to call the will of God. She seeks and finds intellectual companionship in the local priest who is struggling to find an appropriate way to minister to a parish divided among disillusioned cynics turned alcoholic, pious women who want nothing to do with politics, and the angry young, including one young homosexual who feels driven to leave a loving but uncomprehending family, and reveals to the priest that he has AIDS.

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