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 fruits from her every Saturday made Ixchel finally realize what she actually felt for him. For example, Ixchel states, “I waited every Saturday in my same blue dress. I sold all the mango and cucumber and then Boy Baby would finally come” (Cisneros, 29). This signifies that Ixchel liked him because she would wait for a guy who she barely knew just because he seemed like a man to her. Similarly, in “Seventeen Syllables” Rosie only being in highschool claims she is in love with a boy name Jesus Carrasco. When Jesus told Rosie he had a secret to tell Rosie,...
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...e didn’t want Roise being hurt because Jesus and her were on different social class.
Another way they are both similar is that they are both expected to provide for their family. 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 class.
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