Essay heading: "Grandma" Short Analysis

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At the beginning of the story, his horny toad is named John, but the second time he catches the toad, the narrator has renamed him by the Spanish counterpart, Juan (5, 38). Furthermore, when his grandmother initially tells him and his mother that the toad is "muy toxicos," it is an obvious cognate, but the narrator doesn't even attempt to understand what she says feigning ignorance instead (4)...
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Yet later in the story, he is able to understand her and to put together a rudimentary sentence requesting candy from her (20). Moreover, he often includes in the narration the Spanish word rather than the English equivalent (10, 12, 13, 14, 37); when this occurs, it isn't given any more attention than any of the English words around it...
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