Essay about Never Marry A Mexican By Sandra Cisneros And Maria De Covina

Essay about Never Marry A Mexican By Sandra Cisneros And Maria De Covina

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The two short stories, “Never Marry a Mexican” by Sandra Cisneros and “Maria de Covina” by Dagoberto Gilb, read were attention-grabbing to say the least. There were several similarities within the two, such as their plot, theme, and actions of the main character. While there are all of those similarities, there are plenty of differences as well. Some examples of these differences include setting, literary elements, and thoughts of the main character.
These two short stories have remarkable similarities One example is in their plot; in both stories the narrators are cheaters even though it isn’t in the same way. For example, in “Never Marry a Mexican”, the narrator “witnessed their infidelities, and [she] helped them to it” (Cisneros 171). While she herself never cheated on her significant other since she doesn’t have one, she got men to cheat on their own wives with her. However, in “Maria de Covina”, the narrator is the one committing the act of cheating on his girlfriend with other girls in his work area. One incident of cheating is in the parking lot with Cindy when “she said something about a good-night kiss” and then “she started pressing up against [him] hard” (Gilb 196). He did nothing to push her away and openly welcomed the lust, following her into her car. He continues with his behavior even though he knows that his girlfriend is suspicious of his behavior. Both narrators don’t seem to care about a monogamous relationship or the feelings, just the sex involved with their partner at the time. They are living off the thrill and rush it gives them by knowing that there is the possibility of getting caught.
The next similarity with the two is the theme of desire and infatuation. In Cisneros’ short story, the narrator b...


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...me an alcoholic. Then in Gilb’s “Maria de Covina”, the narrator seems to have no thoughts at all. Throughout his talking to his co-workers he does just that, talk. He doesn’t think about what he’s saying or what others are telling him. A good example would be after his fight with Diana he’s talking to Maria about it and she’s exasperated by how he doesn’t understand what’s going on with her. He’s not thinking about the future, only the now and instant gratification by giving into his hormones.
These two short stories, “Never Marry a Mexican” by Sandra Cisneros and “Maria de Covina” by Dagoberto Gilb, are very alike in plot, theme, and action but are also very much their own story by their differences in setting, literary elements, and thoughts of the main character. Both stories were a curious read and interesting perspective from a female and male’s point of view.

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