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  1. Introduction
  2. Letting Adelina know that she is an outcast
  3. Adelina and her brother
  4. Stan from Eminem's song
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

We live in a society where many people are seen as outcasts. The majority of our society sees themselves as superior and try to suppress those not like them. In Jose Emilio Pacheco's ?The Queen,? Adelina is seen as an outcast and is tormented by those around her. Her family and acquaintances feel that they can tease her and make her feel inferior. Even after an effort to conform to society, she is still under scrutiny and creates an imaginary relationship with a man to devote herself and to express her feelings. The author, Pacheco, also shows that he himself feels as a sort of outcast. Just as Adelina did, Stan, from Eminem's song ?Stan,? writes to his idol, Eminem, and begins treating him as if they were eternal soul mates. Both, Adelina and Stan, create a world where they are in charge of what happens and feel that they are part of society.

[...] We see that she is young, opened the wardrobe and selected a floral dress,? with her choice of clothing, Bugs Bunny alarm clock and her mirror framed by the Walt Disney figures. She has an active imagination and reacts to her loneliness by creating a fantasy love life. She writes letters to her imaginary love, Alberto, in a journal where she expresses many feelings. She writes about the loss of her father's love, she thought he loved her so much, but he did not want to take her to Boca del Rio. [...]

[...] The prelude of the song is the chorus from a song by Dido, tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I got out of bed at all but your picture on my wall. It reminds me, that it's not so bad.? Eminem chose this to show that even when things don't go your way that it is still not that bad. Stan harms others and himself to get revenge over, what he sees, as a lack of interest and makes himself more of an outcast by doing so. [...]

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