Sandra Cisneros Short Story Analysis

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Gender and Sexuality Representations in Sandra Cisneros’ and Junot Díaz’s Short Stories

Purpose: Society often projects the ideal ideas of what is acceptable according to its standards formed by time and trends. Gender inequalities along with stereotypical representations from society are presented as themes among Sandra Cisnero’s and Junot Díaz’s short stories. While society may present and project an accepted view among the gender norms, each person is unique in his or her opinions and experiences. How society defines these topics such as socioeconomic roles, masculinity and sexual orientation are justified by having some stigma or creating these notions about them.
Thesis: Society often prejudges a person by his or her socioeconomic
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Commentary/Explanation: These acts are not only frowned upon in society, but this suggests that society prefers monogamous relationships because committing these acts would be seen as being unfaithful to the significant other.
Example/Supporting Evidence: In Cisneros’s “Mexican Movies”, the introduction describes a sexual act between a heterosexual couple, with the parents shooing away their children to the lobby (Cisnero, “Mexican Movies” 12).
Commentary/Explanation: This demonstrates that society emphasizes its approval of heterosexual, monogamous couples, it is ultimately each person that has his or her own sexual identity; while this light-hearted story portrays a young female narrator, it is up for interpretation of her sexual identity when she turns into an adult in the future.
Example/Supporting Evidence: While in “Bien Pretty”, Lupe prefers Spanish men, and Cisneros has also written “Never Marry a Mexican” where she emphasizes the theme of how Latin Americans have a “popular stereotypes of the cheating Latino and the loyal white American”

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