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Growing up in Puerto Rico Esmeralda Santiago experienced life in a variety of ways Through her book she shares a number of these experiences many that played an important role in shaping her as an individual She shows her experiences from the earliest part of her youth through her life as young adult Of the many experiences Santiago shares I think here experiences she lives through while living in El Mangle as well as in Sabana Grande were two specific periods in her life that helped shape her individuality Living in the barrio of El Mangle according to Negi was an awful place to live She seemed to develop her opinion the moment she was greeted by the horrible stench in the air Her experiences with the school in El Mangle I thought in some ways became valuable tools shed eventually use in crisis situations One experience Negi describes during an embarrassing moment showed that there was probably an even earlier interest in performing arts than Negi had originally anticipated As Negi attempted to solve the math problem center stage with a bloodthirsty audience looking on her performing skills had already began to develop She had no idea that she would be asked to replay a similar role in the future Being called an ignorant jibara and immediately defending herself presented an unyielding attitude that Negi would benefit in a world of performing When she describes herself leaving her body her description of the process resembles a popular scene used in some movie scripts Often time writers will have a particular scene written in their movies where they use a similar process The deceased man watches the doctors pound on his chest in an attempt to revive him or the woman killed in an automobile accident watches her children mourn as shes laid to rest Little does she know but this art of removing the soul from her body which Negi does allows her to
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