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In the first few lines of Danny Santiagos story The Somebody the reader is told that Chato lives in east LA where Chatos specific urban background seems to be related to his decision of becoming a writer The thought of an individual from such a background making an achievement in their life is simply out of reach and mocked throughout the story This gives the setting for the authors portrayal of Chato as an individual who writes his name to make him a Somebody His lost of a gang minimal attention from a household leads him to write his name on places like fences playgrounds markets and liquor stores to feel noticed in his barrio or neighborhood The author uses Chatos life situations to give an impression of Chato as an individual who needs to feel like he is Somebody After telling his father that he was quitting school his father felt that Chato did not want to become a lawyer and defend the Mexican people A remark like that gives the reader the impression that the father feels that there is no hope for his son The son feels that he is being laughed at and mocked he also feels that he could be dead and his father would not take him serious The author portrays the father as clueless as to what his son needs This gives the impression that the neighborhood where Chato lives is no place for high expectations for his son Santiagos perception of Chatos background is one of a poor family and the neighborhood believes that you cant be what you want to be because of where you come from Also related to a lack of attention within his household he feels that his house is too crowded and seeks attention from his mother who is busy with taking care of the babies In the line Sometimes my mother asks me to hold one for her but it
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