A Good School by Richard Yates

By Richard Yates

Richard Yates, who died in 1992, is this present day ranked by means of many readers, students, and critics along such titans of contemporary American fiction as Updike, Roth, Irving, Vonnegut, and Mailer.

In this paintings, he bargains a spare and autumnal novel a couple of New England prep college. instantaneously a meditation at the twilight of teen and an exam of America's access into international warfare II, A stable School tells the tales of William Grove, the quiet boy who turns into an editor of the varsity newspaper; Jack Draper, a crippled chemistry instructor; and Edith Stone, the schoolmaster's younger daughter, who falls in love with such a lot celebrated boy within the type of 1943.

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There are stars on her mantle and a moon at her feet. (This showed the Aztecs that the sun, the moon, and the stars are not gods to be worshipped)” (2), but subject to her superior powers. “The shrine at Tepeyacac [later shortened to Tepeyac] was named after Spain’s most popular Marian devotion, Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose shrine lies near Cáceres in the province of Estremadura, homeland to many of Mexico’s conquerors and colonists” (Burkhart 205), including Cortés. Because of the virgin’s features, her appearance at an Aztec holy site, and the sacred number of four times that she appeared to Juan Diego, many scholars have interpreted the Virgin of Guadalupe as a Christianized version of Tonantzin.

However, in the face of the violent and ruthless nature of the conquest and the determined efforts for conversion by the Spanish missionaries, the claim that the appearance of the Virgin Mary with Mexican features and Nahuatl language skills at a site of Nahua worship is a “fabrication” by the conquerors (Camacho 2) seems plausible. Leana Hicks states as well that “It was common practice for the missionaries in Mexico to build their churches on or near the sites of pre-Columbian shrines,” replacing whatever traditional items were there.

In fact, Hicks continues, “The constitutions of the first council of Lima, written in 1552, directly state: ‘We order that all the cult idols and edifices found in the village where Christians reside be burned or destroyed, and if the site is suitable, a church or at least a cross should be planted there’” (36). While some Chicanos/as maintain that the establishment of the Guadalupe cult led to a “mass conversion of Indians to Catholicism” (Rodriguez 23), others claim that “Mexicans were worshipping Tonantzin, goddess of fertility” despite Christians’ “propagandistic work of making this new imposition widely accepted” (Camacho 2).

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