Monday, January 14, 2019
My Landlady’s Yard
In his essay, My Landladys Yard, Dagoberto Gilb seems to be writing about a climate and culture that he is both very familiar with and also very fond of, as he is in fact Mexican and lives in Austin, Texas. His landlady seems to be in round form of denial regarding her surroundings, which is evident in her campaign to stimulate quite a little and Yankee plants in a renounce climate. I get the impression that the actor is implying that his landlady is a Yankee but it is rather confirmative so I cannot tell for certain.Through his statement that his landlady wants green grass in the middle of the desert, I think Gilb is implying the Proverb The grass is constantly greener on the other side of the fence and by doing so, he is motto that his landlady wants what she cant have. It makes me wonder if perhaps she had to live in that home at one time and she didnt want to live thither. The author states that she lived there as a young mother and wife.I ikon a young woman who is t rying to make the most of her house servant imprisonment, living in a place that is very foreign to her, and her attempt of making it feel like home was to plant familiar life, such as the green grass and shrubs that were indigenous to the climate she grew up in. Although there is some sarcasm in the authors voice, I breakt sense that he is resentful of her.On the contrary, it seems to me that on some level he understands why she has done such a barmy thing as to plant this grass and shrubbery out in the desert and is somewhat sympathetic to her. I know as the tenant, he must be obligated to care for the prop, but I get the mite that it goes a bit deeper than that, so he does performs his duty of caring for her property not only out of obligation, but out of sympathy for her. And he does it to his own chagrin, as he is wasting the precious water on this foliage that he knows will not thrive in this climate.
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