The story is about a young girl named Rosaura who has been invited to the party of a wealthy classmate. Her mother does not want her to go because she will not fit in at a rich person’s party. Rosaura tells her mother “rich people go to Heaven too.” Her mother thinks she will just be seen as the maid’s daughter, because her mother used to clean the house.
Rosaura is excited because there will be a magician with a monkey at the party. Her mother scoffs at the idea, not believing her. But she starches Rosaura’s Christmas dress and helps her do her hair with apple cider to make it shiny. When she gets to the party she asks about the monkey and sees it in her cage. The she is asked to bring a jug of juice into the party.
Rosaura is accosted by a girl with a bow who demands to know who she is. Rosaura says she is Luciana’s friend and the girl tells her she is Luciana’s cousin and she knows all of her friends. Her mother has told her to answer that she is the daughter of the employee if anyone asks who she is. The girl with the bow responds with dirisive confusion, and then The housekeeper Sefiora Ines interrupts and asks Rosaura to serve hot dogs.
Rosaura enjoys the party, winning at the games. Rosaura loves passing out the cake slices because she gives the girl with the bow the smallest one. Rosaura even assists the magician.
At the end of the party, Rosaura does not get a present like the other children. She gets paid.
Sefiora Ines didn't look in the pink bag. Nor did she look in the blue bag. Instead she rummaged in her purse. In her hand appeared two bills.
"You really and truly earned this," she said handing them over. "Thank you for all your help, my pet."
Rosaura is horrified. She didn’t realize that she wasn’t at the party as a guest. She was the hired help. She finally understands social class.
“The Stolen Party”
Rosaura Character Analysis
A child is a symbol of pure innocence, which is untouched by the sorrow and the pain that society can bring to the children. Eventually, the eyes of every child open and gradually start to see that their world is not picture perfect. Sometimes, this realization may be quite sudden, which is what we call in literary terms a “coming of age”. A perfect example of a “coming of age” story would be Liliana Hecker’s “The Stolen Party”. Through the transformation of the main character Rosaura, the author expresses that in class societies, individuals are defined by their social status, regardless of their competencies.
At the beginning of “The Stolen Party”, Rosaura dwells in ignorance regarding the true meaning of social status at Luciana’s birthday party. First, when arguing with her mother, she proclaims herself as being the friend Luciana, who comes from a rich and prestigious social class. Rosaura firmly believes that Luciana is her friend since they did homework together after school. Her mother, being a maid, tries to talk Rosaura out of going to Luciana’s birthday party since she knows of the harsh reality of social classes (p. 9). Due to her supposed friendship with Luciana, Rosaura evidently lacks any knowledge about the concept of social status. Rosaura’s blindness to her social class is reinforced by her refusal to listen to her own mother, who knows much more about life’s difficulties than Rosaura does. Secondly, Rosaura ends up in an argument towards the beginning of Luciana’s birthday party with the girl with the bow. The girl with the bow directly states that Rosaura isn’t Rosaura’s friend, since she knows all of Luciana’s friends and that she doesn’t know Rosaura. The girl with the bow’s harsh words show that Luciana evidently didn’t want her other high status friends to know about Rosaura, yet Rosaura blindly retaliates by kicking the girl in the shin (p.12). The fact that Rosaura completely ignores...