The Stolen Party Liliana Heker’s “The Stolen Party” delves into the allusions of the hierarchical structure of society.
It seeks to coagulate the injustice and remorse that exists within a social structure that is bounded by hierarchy or class, particularly for those individuals who believe in the pureness and simplicity of the world around them. In the end, the iniquity that exists in the system of a crooked social class shatters innocence and forbearance exhibited by the protagonist of the story, Rosaura. In the beginning, Rosaura personified the symbol of virtuousness, fortitude, and slight naivety about the world that surrounds her. Her mother, having seen the cruelty of society have tried to infuse in Rosaura’s mind how her ideal views of people is incorrect for the purpose of protecting her from being hurt and wounded by a society that treats people unequally for the most superficial reasons.
It was Rosaura’s persistence and intractability that led her to realize that her mother was right, and what transpired after the birthday party of Luciana, the rich woman’s daughter, has tainted her innocence and naivety with the cruel realities that belie the world that she lives in. Rosaura attended Luciana’s birthday thinking that she was truly a special guest as she believes in her friendship with Luciana. Rosaura also appreciated how Luciana’s mother was asking for Rosaura’s help leading her to believe that she plays an important part in Luciana’s birthday party.
After the party, instead of Luciana’s mother giving Rosaura a birthday party token like all the other guests of Luciana, Luciana’s mother gave her money instead as payment for her servitude which reflects how she was treated as a maid or a helper and not a guest after all. Although it might not be wise to generalize the malevolence and wickedness exhibited by those who belong to the upper classes of society, Heker’s “The Stolen Party” clearly presents how those in the privileged classes of society are contributing in putting down the people who are already experiencing difficulties and struggles as underprivileged groups in the social system. Overall, Heker succeeds in reminding us that there is an ever present line that separates each and everyone of us by class, regardless of our inability or refusal to realize it.