The items listed in this excerpt symbolize the ways of life that are unfamiliar to the speaker. The fervent religious beliefs of the speaker’s mother. The speaker’s desire to forget embarrassing traditions. The traditions and customs of the speaker’s native land.
In the excerpt form Julia Ortiz Cofer’s poem “El Olvido”, the items listed symbolize the traditions that come from her ancestors. Ortiz Cofer states that it is dangerous to forget one’s origins and traditions. Judith Ortiz Cofer was born in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, her family moved to New Jersey when she was four. Her mother prays to plaster saints. She tries to melt her different origins in her poetry