The Impacts of Social Class (The Stolen Party by Liliana Heker Book Review)



 

Pure and innocent nine-year-old Rosaura always saw people as equal, but her mother saw the world from a different perspective. People/ Children are raised to believe and accept that everyone is equal, but in some areas that is not the main idea.  In Liliana Heker’s "The Stolen Party" she utilizes powerful and persuasive language to show the consequence of social class and the impact of it on a child’s innocence.

Firstly, Rosaura is unaware of her social class and where they stand in society and believes that she only got invited to Luciana's party as her friend.  The author uses powerful diction to show the innocence of nine-year-old Rosaura. In the passage, the author uses the quote/statement; "Rich people go to Heaven too," said the girl, who studied religion at school (Heker). The quote reveals the difference between how Rosaura and her mother see people/the world. Rosaura sees people as equal and ends up with equal faiths after death, whether rich or poor. Rosaura's mother looks at the world/society through class and wealth. 

Secondly, the author uses the persuasive language of ethos to show the difference between economic classes. In the passage, the author uses the quote/statement, "I don't like you going" she told her. “It's a rich people's party.”  (Heker ).  From this, we can understand that Rosaura's mother has some sort of judgment towards the rich. Having faced prejudice as a lower class, Rosaura's mother wanted to protect her daughter from being treated differently because she was poor. Her mother experienced the feeling/idea of being treated differently.

In conclusion, the stolen party by Liliana Heker uses powerful and persuasive language to show the theme of class distinctions and innocence. The main point story talks about the difference between social/economic classes and the loss of Rosaura's innocence due to class distinction. It matters because it shows the division between people in society due to class/wealth. Some children might grow up having the wrong ideas about people and what they mean to society.