Student: Mariana Gonzalez
Mentor: Barry Shelton
This presentation analyzes the classic Latin-American legend “La Llorona” translated as “The Weeping Woman”. Before the tale of “La Llorona” became a popular theme in Hollywood and the media, it was a simple story passed from generation to generation. This tale primarily told to Chicano children by their parents as a scare tactic to keep children obedient, may promote values that are still important to the Chicano community today. A close look at this centuries-old legend has revealed a possible correlation between the morals communicated in the Latin-American legend “La Llorona” and modern Chicano values. This may be suggestive of how influential this specific legend is and allude to the effect such folk tales have on their listeners. This analysis will aid in interpreting the impact such stories may have on their audience. Examination of published retellings of this Latin-American tale and research on Chicano culture were crucial in achieving a satisfactory response.