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Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street - In Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street she captures the lives and difficulties of poor Hispanic women through the eyes of a young character named Esperanza. Though Esperanza’s age is not specified at any point in the story it is very clear that she is going through the motions of growing up. In this story Cisneros shows the many troubles these women face such as conflicts with themselves, their husbands (and men in general), and their culture. She also presents the limiting choices they make....   [tags: cisneros]
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Sandra Cisneros's “Never Marry a Mexican” - Sandra Cisneros’s short story “Never Marry a Mexican” deals heavily with the concept of myth in literature, more specifically the myth La Malinche, which focuses on women, and how their lives are spun in the shadows on men (Fitts). Myths help power some of the beliefs of entire cultures or civilizations. She gives the reader the mind of a Mexican-American woman who seems traitorous to her friends, family and people she is close to. This causes destruction in her path in the form of love, power, heartbreak, hatred, and an intent to do harm to another, which are themes of myth in literature....   [tags: Mexicans, Cisneros, myths]
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Age Stereotypes in Sandra Cisneros’ Eleven - Sandra Cisneros’ Eleven is a powerful piece about the struggle of a young girl named Rachel on her eleventh birthday. The story portrays the fight to overcome her age and young maturity to be understood. However, she cannot conquer the stereotypes associated with her age. There is a hideous red sweater that no one in the class wants to claim; Rachel is then pinned with being the owner of the sweater. When she attempts to announce her innocence, the teacher immediately assumes she is not telling the truth....   [tags: Sandra Cisneros, stereotypes]
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Cisneros' The House on Mango Street - Sometimes in life, people wish for things they do not have. No matter how hard people wish on a star or on a candle, the wishes never seemed to be answered. Everyone has felt that bitter disappointment on Christmas morning when they finally realize that they were never going to be able to get what they wanted. This is the same exact feelings that the characters in Cisneros' The House on Mango Street. Unlike us, the disappointment for these characters last throughout their childhood. Esperanza, Rachel, Nenny, Sally, and Lucy are among the kids growing up on Mango Street....   [tags: Cisneros House Mango Street] 984 words
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Use of Literary Techniques to Characterize Rachel in Cisneros’ Eleven - Use of Literary Techniques to Characterize Rachel in Cisneros’ Eleven In “Eleven”, written by Sandra Cisneros, Cisneros uses literary techniques such as diction and imagery to characterize Rachel’s character during her transition from age ten to age 11. These literary techniques help to describe how Rachel feels in certain situations while also explaining her qualities and traits. Through the use of these literary techniques Cisneros also collaborated on Rachel’s feelings when she was other ages and how she felt at that time during her life....   [tags: Cisneros Eleven] 570 words
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Characterization of Rachel Through the Use of Literary Techniques in Cisneros’ Eleven - Characterization of Rachel Through the Use of Literary Techniques in Cisneros’ Eleven Sandra Cisneros writes a memoir through the eyes of an eleven year old. Turning eleven happens to be a tragic day for the main character, Rachel. Through various literary techniques such as hyperbole, simile, and syntax, Rachel is characterized. Rachel is a fresh turning eleven year old who finds herself in an awful situation on her birthday. Forced to wear a raggedy old sweater that doesn’t belong to her, she makes it defiantly clear her feelings towards the clothing item, and we see this through use of hyperboles....   [tags: Cisneros Eleven] 652 words
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Repetition and Metaphor in the Short Story, Eleven by Sandra Cisneros - Use of Repetition and Metaphor in Sandra Cisneros' Short Story, Eleven In the short story "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros, a young girl named Rachel is characterized. Through a specific incident, Cisneros shows how Rachel does not act as old as eleven ideally should. Through repetition and metaphor, Cisneros alludes to Rachel?s personality and childish views. This story basically tells of a girl?s pride being hurt. It was Rachel?s birthday and her teacher embarrassed her by stating a raggedy old sweater was hers....   [tags: Sandra Cisneros Eleven]
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Sandra Cisneros and Hughes Analysis - Discrimination has and always will be controversial, whether it is because of sex or color of skin it will always be around. Writer inspiration seems to come from firsthand accounts and experiences, at least that is the case with Sandra Cisneros, a Chicana writer, and Langston Hughes, and African American poet. When reading their stories the reader can identify how different life experiences have influenced and inspired them to write the way they do. Analyzing Sandra Cisneros and Langston Hughes, and pieces of their writing will demonstrate how similar their writing is, how minority discrimination, and cultural circumstances effect and shape different pieces of their respective writings....   [tags: writers, discrimination, feminist writer]
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Language in Cisneros and Drakuli - Cisneros “House on Mango Street” tells the story of a young girl, Esperanza, as she struggles to find a better life in Chicago and bid goodbye to the miserable life she leads in Puerto Rico (Cisneros, 2004). As she leaves her poor village, she makes a promise to herself to go back for those she leaves behind; she is fully aware of the impoverished lives that her friends and relatives lead. An important aspect of this book deals with how Cisneros portrays Esperanza’s use of language to form her identity....   [tags: Literature]
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Sandra Cisneros´ Life and Accomplishments - As an American short story writer, Sandra Cisneros was influenced by her mother. She made her get library cards and check out books to read when she was young. During her childhood experiences and ethnic heritage as the daughter of a Mexican father and Chicana mother, Cisneros adresses poverty. She is best known for the award winning House On Mango Street in 1983.This book mainly focuses on the treatment of woman in a Chicano community. The House on Mango Street as well as her recent books, Woman Hollering Creek and other stories have won critical condition of hispanic woman....   [tags: chicano community, mango street, quinceanera]
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Biography of Sandra Cisneros - The role of strong female roles in literature is both frightening to some and enlightening to others. Although times have changed, Sandra Cisneros’ stories about Mexican-American women provide a cultural division within itself that reflects in a recent time. The cultural themes in Cisneros’s stories highlight the struggle of women who identify with Mexican-American heritage and the struggle in terms of living up to Mexican culture – as a separate ethnic body. The women in Sandra Cisneros’ stories are struggling with living up to identities assigned to them, while trying to create their own as women without an ethnic landscape....   [tags: women, Mexican, culture] 1465 words
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The House of Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - Women of Dreams The question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is often asked by teachers, parents, friends, and family addressing younger children. It would seem that most Americans have within them the sense that dreams do have the potential to become reality. People often choose to see the “bright futures” of children in order to reassure them they can be anything they want to be. It seems as though there are no barriers to reach a goal if enough hard work is applied. Does this truth transcend cultural divides....   [tags: Mexican Americans, Immigrant Families, Analysis]
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Never Marry a Mexican by Sandra Cisneros - Sandra Cisneros’s “Never Marry a Mexican” introduces readers to Clemencia. Cisneros eludes Clemencia as a woman who appears proud of her Mexican heritage, yet knows not how the slanderous phrase “Never marry a Mexican” uttered from her well-meaning mother’s trusty lips about Clemencia’s own Mexican father negatively foreshadows her seedy life and gloomy world perspective later down her destructive journey of adulthood. Simply put, Clemencia’s relationship with her mother is "like [she] never had one" (Cisneros 131) especially during the final moments of her sickly father's life....   [tags: clemencia, mexican heritage, la malinche]
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Never Marry a Mexican by Sandra Cisneros - Sandra Cisneros’s “Never Marry a Mexican” introduces readers to Clemencia. Cisneros eludes Clemencia as a woman who appears proud of her Mexican heritage, yet knows not how the slanderous phrase “Never marry a Mexican” her well-meaning mother’s trusty lips utters about Clemencia’s own Mexican father negatively foreshadows her seedy life and gloomy world perspective later down her destructive journey of adulthood. Simply put, Clemencia’s relationship with her mother is "like [she] never had one" (Cisneros 131) especially during the final moments of her sickly father's life....   [tags: women, clemencia, mexican heritage]
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Never Marry a Mexican by Sandra Cisneros - Sandra Cisneros’s “Never Marry a Mexican” introduces readers to Clemencia. Cisneros eludes Clemencia as a woman who appears proud of her Mexican heritage, yet knows not how the slanderous phrase “Never marry a Mexican” uttered from her well-meaning mother’s trusty lips about Clemencia’s own Mexican father negatively foreshadows her seedy life and gloomy world perspective later down her destructive journey of adulthood. Simply put, Clemencia’s relationship with her mother is "like [she] never had one" (Cisneros 131) especially during the final moments of her sickly father's life....   [tags: clemencia, mexican heritage, la malinche]
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Sandra Cisneros' Writing - Writing in the 20th century was great deal harder for a Chicano then it was for a typical American at this time. Although that did not stop this author, Sandra Cisneros. One of her famous novels, Woman Hollering Creek was a prime example of how a combined culture: Mexican-Americans, could show their pride and identity in this century. In conjunction, gave the opportunity for women to speak their voice and forever change the culture of Latino/a markets. Not only did it express identity/gender roles of women and relationships, but using these relationships to combine the cultures of Mexican and American into a hybrid breed....   [tags: Literature Analysis]
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - ... In the course of the summer in the novel, Esperanza slips into experiencing the beginning stages of puberty. She suddenly finds herself interested boys. She enjoys when they watch her dance, and she begins to dream about her encounters with them. Esperanza is forced to mature rather quickly in the novel. Between her growing sexual maturities and the passing of two of her family members, her grandfather and her Aunt Lupe, she is forced to face adult problems and conflicts. Despite having a strong and intelligent mother Esperanza finds herself often observing the women in her neighborhood closely....   [tags: story analysis, mexican writer]
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - The House on Mango Street Author: Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. She was the third child and the only daughter in a family containing seven children. She grew up and came to study at the Loyola University of Chicago and later on at the University of Iowa. Cisneros is the founder of two organizations, the Macondo Organization and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation, whose goal is to serve writers. Sandra Cisneros has been writing for more than 45 years, publishing for over 35, and selling her own books for well-over 18 years....   [tags: biography, vignette, central mexico]
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House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is about a girl who struggles finding her true self. Esperanza sees the typical figures like Sally and Rafaela. There is also her neighbor Marin shows the “true” identity for women on Mango Street. She also sees her mother is and is not like that at the same time. The main struggle that Esperanza has is with beauty. This explains why most of the negative people that Esperanza meets on Mango Street, and her gender, helped her see the mold she needed to fill in order to give herself an identity....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Book Review]
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - ... This happens at a fragile time in her life because she is maturing through puberty and she has feelings for boys, but the negative aspect of that attention works to distort the natural feelings she may have had for men. Already we see before this maturity that she considers men to be kind of in a world that is all their own. She barely mentions her two little brother throughout the course of the novel and seems to only feel comfortable talking to them from inside the house because they basically living their own separate, men's life....   [tags: story and character review] 519 words
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - ... Emotionally she feels the desire for love. Although, her sexual desire becomes obsolete when she is sexually assaulted when her friend Sally left her alone with men. The desire to one day leave Mango Street rises into a passion. Sally is the second main character. Sally is befriended by Esperanza because Sally seems to be very desirable to the boys on Mango Street. Sally finds safety and comfort in sex. These feelings aren’t satisfied at home with her abusive father. Although Esperanza wanted a friend she could relate with sexually, Sally’s sexuality makes Esperanza uncomfortable....   [tags: literary analysis] 779 words
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Analysis of Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros - Analysis of Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros Caramelo has been quite an interesting novel. It describes a Hispanic family to the tee. Sandra Cisneros chose her title perfectly for this book. Life’s hardships and possibilities are explored throughout this fascinating novel. The author describes the word caramelo in different ways and in two different occasions. The first occasion was to describe Candelarias’ skin color. Celaya quoted: “Her skin a caramelo. A color so sweet, it hurts to even look at her.” (p.37)....   [tags: Caramelo Hispanic Families Racism Culture Essays]
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Lack of Agency in the House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - Communities are meant to be a space of security in where community members help each other. In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza, a growing child feels the absence of the community’s help. Through a series of vignettes, Esperanza’s child-like voice reveals the dysfunctionality of the community. Esperanza doesn’t find anyone who she can rely on to help her through her coming of age. The situation is made especially difficult because of her Mexican-American heritage label. The ambiguity of her name presents a bi-cultural identity dilemma....   [tags: community, vignettes, struggles] 1539 words
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Restricted Freedom of Women in Cisneros', The House on Mango Street - For centuries, a great deal of ethnic groups have been disempowered and persecuted by others. However, one should realize that none are more intense than the oppression of women. In the novel, The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, women living in the Mango Street neighborhood suffer from their restricted freedom. Three such women, Rafaela, Mamacita, and Sally, provide great examples. All try to escape from their dreadful environment. Most of them fail, but at first, Sally seems to succeed in escaping from her father....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 952 words
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Gender Norms in The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - Throughout The House on Mango Street Esperanza learns to resist the gender norms that are deeply imbedded in her community. The majority of the other female characters in the novel have internalized the male viewpoint and they believe that it is their husbands or fathers responsibility to care for them and make any crucial decisions for them. However, despite the influence of other female characters that are “immasculated”, according to Judith Fetterley, Esperanza’s experiences lead her to become a “resisting reader” in Fettereley’s terminology because she does not want to become like the women that she observes, stuck under a man’s authority....   [tags: esperanza, boys, girls]
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Barbie-Q, by Sandra Cisneros - In “Barbie-Q,” Sandra Cisneros chooses a particular point of view in order to communicate the central points of this story. The story is narrated by one of the two young girls who are the main characters. The story begins with the following: “Yours is the one with mean eyes and a ponytail.” “Mine is the one with bubble hair.” (Cisneros 576) This clearly shows that the narrator is indeed one of the girls. Another part of the story reads, “Every time the same story. Your Barbie is roommates with my Barbie, and my Barbie’s boyfriend comes over and your Barbie steals him,” (576) This again shows that the narrator is one of the young girls because she uses words like mine and yours....   [tags: Barbie-Q Essays]
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Henry Cisneros - Henry G. Cisneros was born on July 11, 1947 in San Antonio. He graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelors of arts and a masters of arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He also earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from George Washington University. After serving two years in the United States army in 1968, he began his career in public service by working as an administrative assistant in the San Antonio City Manager’s office, working as an assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare....   [tags: essays research papers] 442 words
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The House on Mango Street Cisneros's Style - The House on Mango Street Cisneros's Style Sandra Cisneros's writing style in the novel The House on Mango Street transcends two genres, poetry and the short story. The novel is written in a series of poetic vignettes that make it easy to read. These distinguishing attributes are combined to create the backbone of Cisneros's unique style and structure. The novel has confused many critics and readers because it reads like poetry, yet in actuality it is a narrative. Cisneros admits that many of the vignettes are "lazy poems." This means that they could be poems if she had taken the time to finish them (Olivares 145)....   [tags: House Mango Street] 466 words
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Women Hollering Creek - Waiting for Freedom In the story "Woman Hollering Creek" Sandra Cisneros discusses the issues of living life as a married woman through a character named Cleofilas; a character who is married to a man who abuses her physically and mentally .Cisneros reveals the way the culture puts a difference between a male and a female, men above women. Cisneros has been famous about writing stories about the latino culture and how women are treated; she explain what they go through as a child, teen and when they are married; always dominated by men because of how the culture has been adapted....   [tags: Sandra Cisneros] 1392 words
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Analysis of Barbie-Q by Sandra Cisneros - Analysis of Barbie-Q by Sandra Cisneros Cisneros' Barbie-Q really stood out as a great piece of literature. Barbie-Q is a quick glimpse into the life of a poverty-stricken child and her way of life. Though my life as of yet has been rather short, my earliest childhood memories are overwhelmingly my fondest and her account really struck a chord. Sandra Cisneros' accurate reflection of a young mind and intricate writing methods expressed great emotion. Her portrayal of a child's mentality evoked my childhood recollections while her realistic tale of childhood bliss in the midst of poverty caused great empathy on my part making this my preferred work we studied....   [tags: Papers] 528 words
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Character Analysis of Esperanza in The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - ... Sally puts her in these situations by lying or abandoning Esperanza. After feeling ashamed of not understanding why Sally flirts with the boys in The Monkey Garden, Esperanza comes to a realization with the following quote, “And the garden that had been such a good place to play didn’t seem mine either” (Cisneros 98). Sally puts Esperanza in a situation where she feels ashamed and uncomfortable being in her own skin and not understanding how Sally acts with the boys. Whereas Esperanza initially pays close attention when her and Sally discuss things, including boys and sex, when Sally abandons Esperanza at the fair, she discovers that how Sally describes sex is not how Esperanza first enc...   [tags: change, better, identity, maturity] 1201 words
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The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros and In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez - Every nation has its cultures, and every culture has its people. Like a clay figure, the people of a culture are inevitably shaped by what makes that culture unique and where it will lead them in a world composed of many different ones. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez present two contrasting cultures, one that is depicted through a poor Latino neighborhood in Chicago, and the other on a viciously dictated Spanish island. The roles of men and women along with the importance of an organized church bring with it the image of the residing living condition of the culture, and whether its for the better or worse, the people existing...   [tags: Contrasting Cultures, Clay Figures] 1014 words
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The Two Sides of Maturity in Eleven, by Sandra Cisneros and School, by Rosemary Catacalos - ... David possesses an emotional maturity that few second graders, if anybody, has. Teachers constantly degraded him by writing phrase like; “Messy!”(25), “No!”(29), or “Write larger”(23-24) at the top his papers, failing to realize that David tried his best on those assignments. Rather than giving in and lashing out his teachers or fellow classmates, David kept his composure and knew that it would not be right to do that unto his teachers. David chose the alternate route and instead chose to take out his anger with school by simply writing small phrases such as, “Yes....   [tags: poem, school, classmates]
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Themes in Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros - Themes in Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros Woman Hollering Creek is a book of short stories published in 1991. The author, Sandra Cisneros, separated her book into three sections. The section that will be analyzed is the first section where the narrators are female children. Out of the many stories in section one, the three that will be focused on are, "Mericans," "My Friend Lucy Who Smells Like Corn," and "Barbie-Q." The children in these three stories are all lower class, Mexican-American females....   [tags: Friend Lucy Smells Like Corn Barbie-Q Essays]
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The House on Mango Street and the Style of Sandra Cisneros - The House on Mango Street and the Style of Sandra Cisneros Clearly, Sandra Cisneros' writing style is one representative of a minority voice. Her amazing style allows her readers to take an active part in the minority experience. For this reason, I believe Cisneros has had a lot of influence and success in the status of minority writers, especially in the canon of what is read and taught in schools today. But, more than anything, Cisneros has shown that liberation can come through creativity and literature, and not just through geographical excursion....   [tags: House Mango Street]
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Analysis of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - After having read the novel “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros I will now concentrate on the background of the novel that moved Sandra Cisneros to write it by investigating the novel with special regard to its different dimensions. 1. The Novel 1.1 Summary The novel “The House on Mango Street” is written by Sandra Cineros. It deals with family, neighbourhood and dreams of a young Mexican girl, Esperanza Cordero growing up in Chicago. The novel begins when the Corderos move into a new house on Mango Street in the Latino section of Chicago....   [tags: The House on Mango Street Essays]
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Feminist Perspective of Women Of Hollering Creek - Literary Analysis Essay from Feminist Perspective When Sandra Cisneros wrote “Women of Hollering Creek” she reflected back on her own life experiences. This is a story that is told from the female perspective from start to finish. Like the lead character, Cleofilas, Cisneros is Mexican-American and the only daughter in a family that has seven children. Cisneros studied creative writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1978, (238). Growing up she traveled back and forth to Mexico to visit her father’s family and Cleofilas flees to arms of her father later in the story....   [tags: Sandra Cisneros] 1115 words
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The Power of Setting - Lets talk about lunch for just a minute. Food is something that all humans need to survive. When people talk about lunch with their friends or family, one question is always asked: Where they will be dining. Literature is no different. Without a setting or place for the story to take place, there is no story at all. Lunch for people is the same; they must have a place to go. There are many elements that allow the reader to make a connection, utilizing their feelings and beliefs ,with the story....   [tags: Cisneros, Jackson, Updike] 1017 words
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Say Yes by Tobias Wolff & Bread by Sandra Cisneros - Say Yes by Tobias Wolff If two people love each other regardless of any difference they may have, then why are there” lots of things to consider”( paragraph 36). Answer the question within the context of the story. According to the context, the “lots of things to consider” is referring to the race, background by the husband. In his opinion, beside whether love this person or not, race, ethics background is also a very important factor to consider whether they should marry or not. He stated that if two people are not from the same race, they are not in the same culture, they have different language....   [tags: Race Relationships Love] 727 words
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Character Analysis on Sandra Cisneros' Short Stories - Characterization: This story is about racial discrimination between the Mexicans and the Americans. Clemencia, who is a Mexican-American, is straddling two different cultures. Bitterness and resentment in Clemencia causes her to behave in a rebellious and destructive way. Due to her mother's influences and the day her mother abandons the family for white men which fuel her resentment against the white and she also share her negative feelings towards the Mexican race by refusing to get romantically involved with Mexican men and commits adultery with married white men....   [tags: Book Reviews] 1040 words
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The House On Mango Street - Cisneros & The House on Mango St. When you watch the television and see all of these great success stories of people, especially people of color, making it out of the projects, it’s more than likely that you’ll about the struggles they faced during their upbringing. Not to mention that we love to hear stories like these, or in this case read about them. Sandra Cisneros did a great job on illustrating her fictional character Esperanza’s struggles of understanding machismo, her sexuality/gender, and living in the slums on Mango St....   [tags: Sandra Cisneros] 956 words
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Gender in Literature - ... This was the era in which the feminist movement grew in spades. Women began to fight for the same rights as men. Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony “carried on the battle for the vote and equality, laying the groundwork for future progress” which would culminate in the right to vote, given to women in 1920 (Boyer 70-71). While women were fighting for their rights in the early 1900s, minorities in the United States still struggled with such natural rights throughout the century....   [tags: Kate Chopin, Sandra Cisneros] 2075 words
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The Other Side of the fence in Women Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie - We have all been alienated, stereotyped, and felt the general loss of control at one point in our lives, weather you are black, native American, Hispanic, or white. Race, skin color or nationality does not matter. This is the reoccurring theme in both of the text, “Women Hollering Creek” and “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”. Women Hollering Creek is a story by Sandra Cisneros a noted Mexican novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1954). It is a story of a young Mexican girl Cleofilas, who with visions of grandeur leaves her family to marry a man she barely knows and begin a new life across the border in the United States....   [tags: literary contrast and analysis]
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Use of Water in Chopin's Awakening and Cisneros' Woman Hollering Creek - There is much use of water in Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Sandra Cisneros' Woman Hollering Creek. In The Awakening, the ocean tends to be a place where Edna Pontellier, the main character, goes to be awakened. In the short story "Woman Hollering Creek," Cisneros uses the creek as a springboard for comments and topics of discussion. This use of water is important because it is. The differences between Cleofilas and the Woman Hollering Creek, or La Gritona in Spanish, run throughout the story....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The House on Mango Street - In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, there is an emphasizes on how rough it is to be part of the low economic class . Through her words you can create an image about the way poverty affects children. She goes through the book making great remarks on the topic. The different experiences that Esperanza goes through have a lot to connect with her family's financial status. She specifically describes her feelings about the poverty they live in through three of her short stories. The three short stories in which poverty seems to be an obstacle are The House on Mango Street, Our Good Day, and Chanclas....   [tags: Sandra Cisneros, poverty, Chanclas, Our Good Day]
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Comparsion of Sandra Cisneros´ Barbie-Q and Annie Chopin´s The Story of an Hour - ... Then the two Barbies fight. You dumbbell. He’s mine.” This text openly reveals how the young author, who presumably has not even reached her teen years yet, has been deeply impacted by her society’s standards of how catty and vicious women act, or in this case, expected to act. The word “steal” also implies the cheap, stingy nature of women her environment makes them out to be. The first entire paragraph of the story goes on to describe the physical appearance of the Barbie, and how many gorgeous outfits the doll sports....   [tags: female, helplee, incapable, overpowering] 605 words
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What a Home Really is in The House on Mango Street - What a Home Really is in The House on Mango Street “Home is where the heart is.” In The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros develops this famous statement to depict what a “home” really represents. What is a home. Is it a house with four walls and a roof, the neighborhood of kids while growing up, or a unique Cleaver household where everything is perfect and no problems arise. According to Cisneros, we all have our own home with which we identify; however, we cannot always go back to the environment we once considered our dwelling place....   [tags: The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros]
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Wife vs. Daughter in Only Daughter by Sandra Cisneros and Why I Want a Wife by Judy Brady - What is a Wife. What is a Daughter. Are they the same, or are they different. A wife supports a husband, but a daughter could also have the same position could she not. A daughter could marry and become a wife, and still be a daughter. Than again, a wife could be an only child, and a wife could have no father. A wife compares to a daughter in many ways, and differs in many different ways as well. All in all, it?s quite possible that all women, go through at least one of these titles, at one point in there lives....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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Identity: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - Race, Class, and Culture: How it affects your Identity Identity is defined as “the fact of being who or what a person or thing is” (Oxford University Press). Personal identity deals with questions that arise about ourselves by virtue of our being people. Some of these questions are familiar that happen to all of us every once in a while: What am I. When did I begin. What will happen to me when I die. There are many different categories that define us as people (Olson). Our Race, Class, and Culture define who we are so much that it affects how we should live our life....   [tags: race, class, culture]
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Sandra Cisneros' The House On Mango Street - The House on Mango Street “Sire” As the chapter opens, the first impression of Sire is one of a James Dean type of character. Sire and his friends are just sitting on their bikes, pitching pennies, or in other words, gambling. Esperanza tells us that she is scared of them, which makes me wonder why she would be afraid of them. She then says how her dad calls him a “punk.” Esperanza then starts to describe Sire’s girlfriend, Lois. The words that Esperanza uses to describe Lois are almost words of envy and respect....   [tags: essays research papers] 555 words
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Conflict And Crisis In The House On Mango Street - Conflict and Crisis in The House on Mango Street Conflicts are a part of many peoples' everyday lives. Some are big and some are small. Some involve death and some involve an argument. The purpose or argument for my topic is to prove that all conflicts/problems are important and everyone has a conflict at some point in their life. My thesis states that a conflict is some kind of a problem or quarrel; many people have these, no matter what age or race. My 1st reason is that people might have mixed feelings about your conflict, but you won't....   [tags: Sandra Cisneros] 1097 words
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The American Dream in The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros -      The American Dream, yes everybody has one, it can be from living in a large house and having a million dollars to just having the privilege to live in America and try to make something better for themselves in this new life or new start they are trying to grasp. There are many traditions and dreams of every American today while some dreams are practical and some are not and most of all their dreams are from the heart. The American dream is really simple--it consists of a house a job a car three kids and one dog but this is not always the case....   [tags: The House On Mango Street] 1509 words
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Sandra Ciseneros - Sandra Ciseneros It was a cold and windy day, a perfect day to uncover secrets and truths about writers I had heard of, but new little about. I entered the library to escape the weather and lose myself in books about Sandra Ciseneros and the characters she creates in her poems and stories. I began my search at a computer resource station, and then absorbed myself in the materials it provided, which were biographies, criticisms, and the works of Cisneros. Initially, the computer resource station provided me only with Cisnero's texts or simple the books she had written....   [tags: Papers] 578 words
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Mericans - In the short story "Mericans" by Sandra Cisneros, we appear to be reading about a small place in Mexico. The author uses many details in the story for us to visualize the cultural environment. The mix of Spanish words in the story such as, La Virgen de Guadalupe and la ofrenda give the sense of a different culture. The use of the awful grandmother kneeling at mass makes you visualize a specific heritage and cultural behavior. The word "barbarian" that the grandmother uses to describe the birthplace of the children, also points out cultural differences....   [tags: World Literature Sandra Cisneros]
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Compare and Contrast of Ernest Hemmingway´s "A Clean Well Lighted Place" and Sandra Cisnero´s "The House on Mango Street" - ... The older waiter and old man feel as if they mean nothing to the world anymore. They go out at night to well-light places like the café to feel a sense of comfort. The young waiter doesn’t understand why the older waiter and man would want to stay out late and not get on home. For example, the younger waiter says to the older waiter: “I wish he would go home. I never get to bed before three o’clock. What kind of hour is that to go to bed?” (Hemingway.168). They both have different views on the café and its significance in their lives....   [tags: Settings, Narrator, Dissapointment]
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"Woman Hollering Creek" - Dreams vs. Reality - The story “Woman Hollering Creek" by Sandra Cisneros describes the lives of Mexicans in a Chicago neighborhood. She depicts the life that women endure as Latino wives through her portrayal of the protagonist, Cleofilas. For Cisneros being a Mexican-American has given her a chance to see life from two different cultures. In addition, Cisneros has written the story from a woman’s perspective, illustrating the types of conflicts many women face as Latino wives. This unique paradigm allows the reader to examine the events and characters using a feminist critical perspective....   [tags: Literature Analysis]
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Woman Hollering Creek: Dreams and Reality - “Such a funny name for a creek so pretty and full of happily ever after” (Cisneros,1991, p.248).The story “Woman Hollering Creek" by Sandra Cisneros described the lives of Mexicans in a Chicago neighborhood. She depicts the life that women endure as Latino wives through her portrayal of the protagonist—Cleofilas. Cisneros, a Mexican-American, has given Cisneros a chance to see life from two different cultures. Cisneros wrote the story from a woman’s perspective, demonstrating the types of conflicts many women face as Latino wives....   [tags: Ethnic Literature]
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The House On Mango Street: Seeking Independence - In the book The House on Mango Street, author Sandra Cisneros presents a series of vignettes that involve a young girl, named Esperanza, growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Esperanza Cordero is searching for a release from the low expectations and restrictions that Latino society often imposes on its young women. Cisneros draws on her own background to supply the reader with accurate views of Latino society today. In particular, Cisneros provides the chapters “Boys and Girls” and “Beautiful and Cruel” to portray Esperanza’s stages of growth from a questioning and curious girl to an independent woman....   [tags: essays research papers] 1001 words
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Taking a Look at Thaler's Vignettes - In Thaler’s vignettes, she uses many of the same stylistic choices that Cisneros also uses including: not using quotation marks, similes, metaphors, italics, having a unique name for each vignette, personification, and also rhymes. In Thalers vignettes, one of the stylistic choices that she portrays is her use of unique titles. Each vignette has a new story and the titles are very interesting, making you want to read more. In the vignettes, Thaler uses unique titles as a prominent stylistic choice....   [tags: sylistic choices] 590 words
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Destructiveness of Feminine Idealism in Barbie Doll and Barbie-Q - The phrase, Beauty is only skin deep, does not appear to apply in this era of idealism and perfectionism. From the time babies are born through their adulthood, they are raised to conform to specific social roles. Specifically, little girls are expected to grow up becoming perfect feminine beauties created to bare children and care for their homes and husbands. Sandra Cisnero's “Barbie-Q” and Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” portray the female body and gender roles through the standards imposed by the society that is one of the flawless physical beauty; just like the Barbie doll; the perfect figure, hair, nails, and face and ready to adhere to the expected roles of bearing children, taking care...   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]
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The House on Mango Street - When I grow up, I want to be a black gum tree. Black gum trees are known for their internal strength. Instead of dwelling on outward beauty, they spend more time focusing on their inner growth and developing their core. Only after they have achieved this goal can they produce beautiful fruits that draw animals near to them. Any surfaces that the berries touch are stained as to say, “I was here and made a permanent difference.” After they have utilized their outward influences, they use their internal scars and hollow places to protect the animals surrounding around it....   [tags: Character Analysis, Esperanza] 1182 words
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Never Will Be That Redhead Barbie Doll - Sandra Cisneros was born on December 20, 1954 in Chicago Illinois. Cisneros now lives in San Antonio, TX. Sandra Cisneros was the third child an only daughter out of 7 children. As a Latina, she writes a lot about her experiences in the United States. Sandra Cisneros is best known for her literary work “The House on Mango Street” written in 1991. In addition, Cisneros had received many awards for her work including Mac Arthur Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Texas Medal of the Arts....   [tags: experiences, write, portaits]
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Swirl of Colors - Swirl of Colors Sandra Cisneros has spent a lifetime trying to discover her own literary voice, only to be drowned out by the mostly white and mostly white voices that she imitated but never identified with. The only daughter in a family with six sons, Cisneros was often the "odd-woman-out-forever" (Ganz 21) early on in life. It was not until she was enrolled in the Iowa Writers Workshop that she finally discovered that her experience as a woman and a Chicana in a male dominated world was the voice that was uniquely hers....   [tags: essays papers]
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The House on Mango Street Cultural Values - The House on Mango Street Cultural Values Sandra Cisneros' strong cultural values greatly influence The House on Mango Street. Esperanza's life is the medium that Cisneros uses to bring the Latin community to her audience. The novel deals with the Catholic Church and its position in the Latin community. The deep family connection within the barrio also plays an important role in the novel. Esperanza's struggle to become a part of the world outside of Mango Street represents the desire many Chicanos have to grow beyond their neighborhoods....   [tags: House Mango Street] 415 words
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Comparing Women in House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek - Ethnic Identity of Women in House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek     The novels The House on Mango Street (Cisneros 1984) and Woman Hollering Creek (Cisneros 1992) relate the new American through the eyes of Cisneros. The women in both novels are caught in the middle of their ethnic identity and their American identity, thus creating the "New American." Cisneros moved between Mexico and the United States often while growing up, thus making her feel "homeless and displaced" (Jones and Jorgenson 109)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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An Analysis of The House on Mango Street - An Analysis of The House on Mango Street In the novel, The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros describes the problems that Latino women face in a society that treats them as second class citizens. A society that is dominated by men, and a society that values women for what they look like, and not for what is on inside. In her Novel Cisneros wants us to envision the obstacles that Latino women must face everyday in order to be treated equally. In the Book women are looked upon as objects by men whether they are boyfriends, friends fathers or husbands....   [tags: House Mango Street] 1519 words
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Struggles of Adolescent Mexican Girls as Shown in "The House on Mango Street" - The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros portrays the struggles adolescent Mexican girls go through. The story is about a girl named Esperanza who is trying to figure out who she is. Esperanza dreams of the ‘ideal’ home. Through Esperanza’s eyes an ideal home consists of “…house would be white with trees around it, a great big yard and grass growing…” (Cisneros 4) When her family moves to a new home she is disappointed by the house she sees. The house is small and old, she descries the house as; “Bricks are crumbling in places, and the front door is so swollen you have to push hard to get in” It was not what she thought it would be....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 728 words
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Comparing the Women of House on Mango Street and Bread Givers - The Women of House on Mango Street and Bread Givers      Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago and grew up in Illinois. She was the only girl in a family of seven. Cisneros is noted for her collection of poems and books that concentrate on the Chicano experience in the United States. In her writings, Cisneros explores and transcends borders of location, ethnicity, gender and language. Cisneros writes in lyrical yet deceptively simple language. She makes the invisible visible by centering on the lives of Chicanos--their relationships with their families, their religion, their art, and their politics....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The House on Mango Street Feminist Elements - The House on Mango Street Feminist Elements Sandra Cisneros reveals her feminist views through her novel The House on Mango Street. She does this by forcing the reader to see the protagonist as an alienated artist and by creating many strong and intelligent female characters who serve as the protagonist's inspiration. The idea of the alienated artist is very common in feminist works. Esperanza, the protagonist, is alienated from the rest of society in many ways. Her Latino neighborhood seems to be excluded from the rest of the world, while Esperanza is also separated from the other members of her community....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism] 473 words
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Social Issues in The House on Mango Street - The House on Mango Street: More than a Story In today’s world there are countless social problems. People are often treated as an inferior or as if they are less important for many different reasons. In The House on Mango Street, the author Sandra Cisneros addresses these problems. Throughout the story Cisneros does a thorough job explaining and showing how these issues affect the public. This novel is written through the eyes of a young girl, Esperanza, growing up in a poor neighborhood where the lifestyles of the lower class are revealed....   [tags: essays research papers]
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Beauty in The House on Mango Street - Beauty in The House on Mango Street “Someday, I will have a best friend all my own. One I can tell my secrets to. One who will understand my jokes without me having to explain them” (9). These are the longing words spoken by Esperanza. In the novel The House on Mango Street, Esperanza is young girl experiencing adolescence not only longing for a place to fit in but also wanting to be beautiful....   [tags: House Mango Street Analysis] 927 words
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Evil Eye and Curanderismo in the Mexican-American Culture - Curanderismo or traditional folk healing in Mexican culture is a very ancient belief system. Curanderismo comes from the word curar which literally means to heal. The founding fathers (predecessors) are considered Don Pedrito Jaramillo, Teresita, and Niño Fidencio. These people were not all from the same time period (era) the common belief shared was to rid the patient as he or she is called of an illness whose roots come from evil or evil doing done (performed) by someone else. This system of belief is not to be confused with brujeria or witchcraft as that is an entirely other belief system with its own credos....   [tags: Mexican-American culture, traditional folk healing]
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Arizona's Infamous State Bill 1070 - For centuries, the immigrant and the xenophobic conceptualizations associated with the foreign body as a subject of anonymity and conspicuous criminality have been thrust center stage into the realm of United States’ law in an attempt to implicitly establish the category of the “other.” More recently, in one of the provisions of Arizona's infamous State Bill 1070 (Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act) enacted April 23, 2010 allows the check of immigration standing of anyone based on reasonable suspicion that they may be undocumented....   [tags: immigration, undocumented, law]
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Separate Worlds - "Boys and girls live in separate worlds" is a statement made by Esperanza, a girl in The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, who is learning that women and men have different expectations placed on them by society (Cisneros 8). Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody and The House on Mango Street are both novels that relate to Anne and Esperanza, two young women realizing the gender prescriptions that society has established for them and the struggle against those roles. Both Esperanza and Anne attempt to go against the normal socialization of females within our society each in her own experiences and time period....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1112 words
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The House on Mango Street - The House on Mango Street This book is so powerful because Sandra Cisneros gives a first-hand account of the everyday magic and misery of young Esperanza, simultaneously applying themes of her desire for escape and love for the people and bittersweet childhood of Mango Street. In many other novels of this sort, the dialog comes across as an extended complaint, a long and tiresome negative report of how down-trodden and hopeless is a given situation, and how arrogantly nonchalant are those who benefit from or cause it....   [tags: House Mango Street] 451 words
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Dreams Deferred in William Faulkner´s The Sound and the Fury and Sandra Sineros The House on Mango Street - Dreams Deferred Tragedy is an ever present part of life, whether it be illness, inability, death or anything else, it takes its toll on everyone. A very common tragedy found in literature and daily life is the loss of dreams, in Langston Hughes’s poem “A Dream Deferred” Hughes poses the question of what truly happens to a deferred dream: “What happens to a dream deferred. Does it dry up… Or fester like a sore… Does it stink like rotten meat. Or crust and sugar over...Or does it explode?” The outcome of lost dreams differs for each individual and their attitude....   [tags: tragedy, attitude, sterotypes, dreams] 582 words
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My Mother's Tongue by Amy Tan - ... Using examples from her personal life Tan gets her point across about language and culture characteristics in order to show how Chinese culture is affected by the master narrative and also encourages others to include a variety of cultures in order to overcome bias opinions. Tan’s apparent audience can be ranged from the child of an immigrant to a doctor and offers an authentic and rich portrayal of Chinese history through her conflicting experience of her Chinese and American cultures. In the essay “Straw into Gold: The Metamorphosis of the Everyday” (1984), Sandra Cisneros, nationally known Mexican-American author, uses an informal tone and fragment sentences such as “ I’d never seen a...   [tags: essay analysis] 604 words
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Essay on Themes of House on Mango Street, and The Bluest Eye - Disturbing Themes of House on Mango Street, and The Bluest Eye   Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago and grew up in Illinois, the only girl in a family of seven. Cisneros is noted for her collection of poems and books that concentrate on the Chicana experience in the United States. In her writing, Cisneros explores and transcends borders of location, ethnicity, gender and language. Cisneros writes in lyrical yet deceptively simple language, she makes the invisible visible by centering on the lives of Chicanas, their relationships with their families, their religion, their art, and their politics....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Home that I Can Point To - A Home that I Can Point To We are moving once again. The new place is barely down the street, but we have to move again. This is the fifth time in six years that I have moved from one apartment to another. Im glad we are finally moving out of the old apartment, because the guy below us constantly banged on his ceiling when I walked from one room to another. Its been awhile since I have had a place to call home, a place I can grow fond of. I have hope that one day we will live in a house and not have to worry about cranky neighbors or stairs to climb before I reach my front door....   [tags: Personal Narrative Moving Essays] 1498 words
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Women Hollering Creek - “Women Hollering Creek” is a story about a woman’s despair, anguishes, and pain of her life that she live. In the story, Cleofila the protagonist has an attraction to the legend of the Arroyo. The legend of the Arroyo is similar to the life of Cleofila, in that both the women in the legend and Cleofila expressed their despair of their life through similar examples. Both the woman in the Arroyo creek legend and Cleofila has experienced the same pain and anger. For example when Cleofila was first married she did not experience the pain from her life and thought that the Arroyo's was silly, “such a funny name for a creek so pretty and full of happily ever after” (282 para 3)....   [tags: Women's Studies, Pain, Anger] 1005 words
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