“The Day of the Dead” is a story whose setting is in a certain town in Mexico where a strong influence of tradition is experienced. This tradition is the celebration of the dead that the writer who is an American writes about the aspect of comparison between the Mexican and his native culture. The thesis of the story gives the impression about what the people of Mexico think and act on the dead as compared to the Americans.
The storyline is quite descriptive in approach as the author takes the reader to a journey of thought through the beginning of his encounter with this practice and build sup to what he later on compares with the American culture. He begins by noting that he was about to go to this town with his roommate Manuel, a Mexican himself to get the first hand connection with the ceremony. Each paragraph describes an aspect of what he encountered when he was in this fiesta. For starters he first describes the homes and what people do to prepare for this day in terms of decorations and ritual-like activities.
The nest paragraph shows what the relationship of the dead is with the living. He notes that it is celebrated with ‘humor and mockery’ in the market places. This denotes how the dead and the living interact in both societies. In the North American society the interaction with the dead is considered taboo and most of the interaction is basically in the graveyard with no more activities henceforth. However in this society a more interaction takes place in fact after the dead are gone.
As the story reaches the climax in the subsequent paragraphs, one can realize the fact that the author takes a complete comparison of both the activities even on his body. The conclusion is magnificent as it shows the effect of this ceremony on his personality through the aspect of rhetoric question.