Read the text evidence. "fish cheeks" then my father poked his chopsticks just below the fish eye and plucked out the soft meat. "amy, your favorite," he said, offering me the tender fish cheek. i wanted to disappear. "broken chain" alfonso thought he would look cool with his hair razored into a v in the back and streaked purple. but he knew his mother wouldn't go for it. and his father, who was puro mexicano, would sit in his chair after work, sullen as a toad, and call him "sissy." which theme does the text evidence from the essay and short story support? one’s cultural background affects who he or she is. manners are important to use in life. a person’s outward appearance can be deceiving. family always comes first.
A) One’s cultural background affects who he or she is.
Explanation: In literature, the theme is the underlying message of a story, it is what critical belief about life is the author trying to convey in the writing of a novel, play, short story or poem. Usually this belief, or idea, is universal and transcends cultural barriers. In the given excerpts we can see conveyed the theme that one's cultural background affects who he or she is, because as we can see the speaker of the first excerpt is referring to his Asian culture, and the second one to his Mexican background.
Everyone faces embarrassment in life.
This is the theme that is best supported by both passages. In the first case, Alfonso seems upset at his actions. "Menso" is the Spanish word for stupid, and he is expressing regret at something he did. On the other hand, in "Fish Cheeks," the character's father embarrasses in front of her peer. Both of these cases show how everyone faces embarrassment in life.
One’s cultural background affects who he or she is.
This is the sentence that best describes the idea present in these examples. In both cases, the protagonists do not feel free to do the things they want to because they feel their family would not understand them. This lack of understanding comes from the different cultural backgrounds of each person. This demonstrates that one's cultural background affects who he or she is.