“La Llorona” is also known as the “Weeping Women”. La Llorona is a story about a woman who killed her kids by drowning them in the river. Its said that she goes around crying out “Donde estan mis Hijos” which in English means where are my kids. This myth/story has been told for centuries but its told in many ways, but the main use is to scare kids in to always doing the right thing. In today’s era La Llorona has been told in many ways so, that people are able to understand the story. The ones that stood out the most was the American version of the story, the movie and a book of other stories that includes of other similar monsters started.
The origins of La Llorona came from Mexico and then it was brought to the United States. The first person to write about La Llorona was Joe Hayes in 1987 (Hayes). Hayes wrote this story very different to what I was told as a little boy. He wrote this story and described the main character as an egotistic person who believes that she Is better than any of the other people in her village (Hayes 1). Hayes described her as the most beautiful woman and increased but, so did her ego. She then falls in love with a handsome Spanish rancher. He works so hard to get her to love him and she plays it off that she doesn’t like him but, she really does (Hayes 2). They soon fall in love for each other and have two kids he leaves and only comes to see the kids he ends up cheating on the mother of the kids with a Spanish women with that she gets mad and throws the kids into the river and they are swept away by the current she soon realized what she did and went after them but it was too late (Hayes 3). She then dies the next day and from that point she roams by the river looking for kids and takes the kids that are by themselves. The way that the story is written very different and is making the women look bad.
The second way that the story of La Llorona is being told is by a kid’s movie that came out in 2011 and was written by Ricardo Arnaiz. Here the story of La Llorona is being told the same way I was told as a kid. The story goes the same way there is a mother with her two kids that drown by falling off the boat and she couldn’t safe them she goes looking for them and ends up dying. Also, instead of her roaming the river she goes into the village looking for her kids and takes all the kids that are left alone and taking them away. This story is very different from the one Joe Hayes wrote. The he wrote is more gruesome and dark while the movie is more kid friendly and is being used as lesson to teach them to love and care for one another and not be selfish. But over all the story still share similar story lines but they share different endings in Joe Hayes she is still roaming looking for her kids while in the movie her spirit sees what horrible things she has done and becomes a happy sole and goes to a better after life. The way that this movie is being written is so that the children can learn for the mistakes of the kids in the movie.
The third way that the story is being told is through an episode of “Grimm” the episode is being told the same way that Joe Hayes wrote the American version. But the episode is being more viewer friendly, but they switch it up just a little instead of La Llorona coming out everyday looking for her kids she only comes out during Halloween and instead of having two kids she has three and takes them by the hand and drowning all together. Here the main character must find a way to defeat the monster and must do it quick or more lives will be lost. This way that the story is being told is different from the other stories the monster must be defeated to bring back the lives that she took with her. This story is dark just like the Written version of Joe Hayes but then again, the episode must viewer friendly.
The these that best fits the monster is “The monster always comes back” the story of La Llorona has been always been brought up and comes back a different way whether it be movie, episode, and a story. Also, the story can always be told in many ways and understood differently as well but over all the story share similar stories lines and characteristics. The story can be used as life lesson to teach the young ones right from wrong. The one thing that the story share is that the monster well always come back to look for her kids and will do what ever it takes to get her kids no matter what she must do.
In closing, the story of La Llorona has been told different throughout the centuries and has been told a different way so that the one telling the story and the one listening is able to understand what the story teller is trying to tell. An that’s that a mother will do what ever it takes to have her kids even if it takes her own life. It also tells us that one must not trust one’s ego because then it well com back to bite is in the ass and will make everyone that surrounds us say that we are egoistic and only care about ourselves. Because that’s what the women who is La Llorona is being showed as in all the stories she only cares for her kids and doesn’t care whether she hurts another family by take their kid. But over all La Llorona will always be monster because she is hurting parents by taking their kids and she has no remorse about what she does because she is a monster and monsters don’t think when they are doing their monster things.
Hayes Joe “The Weeping Woman” 1987
Is a story that is written in 1987 and is translated from Spanish to English I used it as my main source to compare the movie and the episode and how the stories are different.
La leyenda de la Llorona, Dir. Ricardo Arnaiz, SfGate, 2013
Is kid’s movie that I used to show the difference between the story and the episode and saw that the movie was more for kids instead of adults
Grimm La Llorona, twenty-four minutes, 2013
This is an episode of my favorite series in the world in which they grabbed the viewers attention using La llorona to show that all monsters that the main character fights will not be defeated so easily.