Analysis Of One Holy Night And Seventeen Syllables

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“One Holy Night” by Sandra Cisneros and “Seventeen Syllables” by Hisaye Yamamoto both center on the idea of being in love on a low social class. Ixchel being the protagonist in One Holy Night falls in love with a man who kept coming back to buy fruits and vegetables from her while she was working the pushcart ever Saturday. Later on she discovers the man she once loved was arrested for being a serial killer but even still loved him since that was her first love. In Seventeen Syllables, Rosie the main character is told about the importance of her culture frequently by her parents. Rosie falls in love with a boy who works with her in the field but soon is told not to marry him by her mother. They are both similar because they both fall in love, come from a social class that might prevent them from marrying, family members are protective of their love life, and have boyfriends that might end up leaving them. Both Ixchel and Rosie are similar in a way that they both fall in love at a young age. In “One Holy Night”, Ixchel only being in eighth grade falls in love easily with a man name Chaq Uxmal Paloquin who come and buy fruits from her pushcart every Saturday. Chaq coming to buy…show more content…
Ixchel, in “One Holy Night” is seen working the pushcart for her grandmother and uncle every Saturday. For example, Ixchel exclaims, “I’d park the pushcart in front of the Jewel food store Saturdays.” (Cisneros, 28). Ixchel would work the pushcart every Saturdays because her Uncle Lalo was never on time to work the pushcart. “... Uncle Lalo’s fault because he’s the man of the family and if he had come home on time like he was supposed to and worked the pushcart on the days he was told to…” Uncl Lalo not coming home on time led to Ixchel taking responsibility of making the money for the family. She is seen selling fruits and vegetables to support their family who is in a low social
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