“He meant siete hijos, seven children, but he translated it as “sons”.” This is one of the challenges the author faced growing up in a mexican-american family. The author speaks about how her culture and the way she wanted to live and be understood were always under conflict. The author is very persuasive because she is a mexican american and is able to find a midpoint between two cultures.
In “Only Daughter,” published in Glamour magazine in 1990, Sandra Cisneros talks about how it’s like for her to be the only daughter in a Mexican-American family of six sons. She talks about some of the struggles she faces. Sandra is a writer. A writer who wants her dad to be curious about her writing. He never bothers to ask what she’s writing. When they’d ask her father how many children's he has, he’d respond with “I have seven sons.” The mention of only sons, not a daugher. This proved to her he was only proud of his sons but not her. According to him she’d also have to go to college but only to find a husband. A man who will take her out of poorness. Since, according to Sandra that's why her dad thought college was important for her. He didn't care about her major. Sandra Cisneros is a writer who didn’t have the attention she was meant to receive. Towards the end she finally gets the attention she desired. She translated one of her pieces into Spanish, the only language her dad could read. That's how it gained the attention of her father. When her dad finally reads her story, it fills her with joy. At first she didn't get any attention from her dad at all, because she’s a girl. Sandra Cisneros makes a great argument on her life being full of loneliness. Although, she only talks about her perspective on things. In this article she only talks about her side of the story, and her side only. Sandra talks about how her life was as being the only girl out of seven children.
Relationships are basically, what makes the world go round. All provide a sense of personal fulfillment, whether it'd be positive or negative. A good example are companies. Companies make strong relationships with their customers, in turn, customers spend more money buying their wares. Another example is the relationship between parents and children. Two texts that focus on these relationships are; “Only Daughter” by Sandra Cisneros and “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan. The texts heavily revolve around the familial connection between a parent and a daughter. Actually, it s so emphasized on that connection, you might say to yourself,”Why is this so important?” It's important because connections go hand in hand with personal fulfillment. Explanations
In this coming of age story, the character of Rachel portrays a typical young girl, who, by herself, attempts to understand age and the benefits of growing older. By using a setting of her eleventh birthday, Sandra Cisneros skillfully shows the elements that make one who they are and the difficulties that exist in growing up. Cisneros employs descriptive imagery and literary devices to describe Rachel’s experience.
Not a daddy 's. A house all [her] own" (Cisneros 108). Esperanza wants her own house, and not her father 's or her husband 's which shows her growth into an independent person. She wants "a house all [her] own", which shows the importance of her finding her own identity. She emphasizes on "Not a man 's house... [or] a daddy 's" because she is not someone 's daughter or wife, but her own person. Before, Esperanza did not know that she needed to have her own identity, but by wanting her own house and not a house that belongs to someone else, it shows the transformation that Esperanza experiences since the beginning. Because in the beginning, she did not have her own identity, but by realizing and understanding the importance of her independence and her own individuality. Thus, through her self-growth, Cisneros demonstrates how Esperanza becomes a more independent person as well as her experiences with the world transforming her into a more mature woman.
The two poems I chose to analyze were “Curandera” by Pat Mora and “Loose Woman” by Sandra Cisneros. They were an interesting read and made sure to reread several times to make sure I got everything I could from them. Both poems are so unique from other poems I have read; they are also unique from each other yet share similarities as well.
Sandra Cisneros explores gender preference within her Mexican-American heritage with strong usage of imagery and the variation of her tone. First, the imagery found in “Only Daughter” helps portray the sacrifices Cisneros father made for his children. For instance, Cisneros writes how ecstatic their father was that his children would use their smarts instead of their hands like he once had to. Cisneros describes her father's hands saying, “Even now my father's hands are thick and yellow, stubbed by a history of hammer and nails and twine and coils and springs” (Cisneros 99). Cisneros use of imagery creates a vivid picture of how her father has worked extensively to make sure his seven children do not have to work as hard as he did to live in
Diction is the word choice used by an author. Syntax is the way words are used to create a sentence. Imagery is using descriptive words to create a sensory experience for the reader. In the story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros, diction, syntax, and imagery are used to give the speaker a youthful voice.
Tita-youngest daughter of mama elena and also the protagonist of the novel. She is barred from getting married as per family traditions in the understanding that she would care for her mother till death. She faces many struggles such as not being able to marry her desirer Pedro and also watch him get married to her sister. The book progress with her life and shows a main focus on her disturbed relationship with pedro and also displays her hardships in her life to pursue love and distinctiveness from others. The purpose of her upbringing was to be excellent in the culinary arts.
Gerald Early, the author of the essay Life with Daughters, describes the hardships of being African American especially when trying to raise two daughters who don’t believe they are beautiful . Early’s purpose is to inform the reader of all the difficulties that black girls face growing up in a society who has defined beauty with the image of a white, skinny blonde. He adopts a bitter tone in order to point out all of the difficulties these girls face in order to appeal to similar feelings and experiences of other African American girls their parents.
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. This novel, should have been a view-point for the future to show that there is more to life than just gender and race.
The author Linda Pastan, imagines a parent running breathlessly to regain her strength from the ending connection she once shared with her daughter in her poem, “To a Daughter Leaving Home.” It’s a mother’s biggest fear when it comes to their child or children leaving home while going their own ways when the time is right. This poem is based on childhood, fatherhood, and even motherhood.
Comprehension question 2: In paragraph 2 by saying “the only daughter, Cisneros is stating that she is the only girl among 6 brothers. In paragraph 3 by saying “only a daughter”, Cisneros is implying that she is less than her brothers because she is a girl.
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.