Rudolf Anaya's "DEAD END" was about a young girl named Maria, who didn't know whether to finish school or become a failure in life by hanging out with dropouts.The setting of the story was a barrio,also the main characters were Maria and Frankie.Her conflicts was dealing with school, she promised her mother on her death bed she would go to college and make a living of herself. Also she faced Frankie and trying to hang out with the school girls she wanted to drink and party so bad but she knew she couldn't because of her mothers death promise,these were some of the problems she faced.The word "lonely" was important in the story because she was very lonely her father was still depressed of her mothers death so he wouldn't talk to Maria that much. Some promises that were important to keep was when she told her mother she would finish school that was very essential to her mother. There was a lot of envy in this story because the school girls and the gang was envious of Maria's behavior, they thought Maria thought that she was to good for them because she didn't want to hang out. The symbol of this story basically is stay in school don't get pressured by your peers because it will get you know where in the long run.