The reader gets to enter her mind through this technique. Then after the teacher gives it to her she moves it to the very tip of the corner and the teacher gets mad and tells her to put it on so then she does and she starts crying because she hates it and wants to take it off. I enjoyed reading this book because it is about a girl same as my age. This vignette offers a snapshot into life just north of the United States-Mexico border for two girls who are presumably of Mexican descent. It's quick and easy to get through, filled with a symbolism that can shoot over one's head. To view it, In the short story, Eleven by Sandra Cisneros, Rachel is struggling with her age. She wishes she were 102.
Rachel's proclamation that she wished to be 102 years old is an odd age for a little girl to want to be. So much emphasis is given to what Rachel is thinking, but the dialogue can show her outward personality. Cisneros uses these techniques to help the reader better identify with the main character and, thus, understand the story more clearly. Lucy's home is portrayed as a low-income, Mexican-American family. The family frequently moved back and forth between Chicago and Mexico and she never had much time to settle anywhere.
Cisneros opens the short story with our narrator's astute observations on aging. The reader interprets this as Rachel's signal that she wishes she could stand up for herself. Since growing up is something we all must do—no exceptions, no exclusions, no refunds—this story can speak to all of us, whether we're eleven-year-old girls or not. Adults can still remember being eleven and feeling like the narrator does. She reveals feeling separated from society in her reading and writing. And it's a time much too early to understand sickness, old age, disease, stress--even menstrual headaches.
Rachel has no control in her environment and she is clearly disappointed by that. Price dismissed Rachel's denial, placing the sweater on Rachel's desk, and even more maddeningly, claimed that she remembered Rachel wearing it. Price Rachel Sylvia and Phyllis Parents Literary Device Theme Thesis Rachel Ms. The things they can do in a theater at Mexico they cannot do in an American theater. Boy, does that sound familiar to any of you Shmoopers or what? For instance, when she is eleven, she might say something foolish like ten, or scared easily like five. Sandra Cisneros was born on December 20, 1954 in Chicago. Throughout their marriage, Juan Pedro is unfaithful, abusive and often leaves her in isolation.
It touches upon such global and adult issues as experience, freedom, aging, life and death, knowledge and restrictions. Although the book has recurring themes such as, Chicana feminism, Cisneros uses her power of observation so her stories and narrative are not overwhelmed by these themes. Cisneros was born into a family of seven children and was often singled out as she was the only daughter. The complexity of an eleven-year-old girl who is almost a teenager, by the way is derived from the first-person style of narration. After moving across the border to Seguín, Texas, her hopes of having a happy marriage, like the characters she watches in the telenovelas, are dashed. Cisneros employs stream of consciousness in the narrative as well, as Rachel diverts from telling the story at times to thinking about what is going on at home because today is her birthday.
Unable to cope with the injustice, she bursts into tears in front of her classmates, and wishes she were older. Take a look at this passage right at the start of the story when our narrator, eleven-year-old Rachel, tells us: What they don't understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you're eleven, you're also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one. She also changes her according to the demands of the story. I recommend this book to all it is a sad but a life long lesson type of book. Price, her teacher, questioned the class about who left the red sweater in the cloakroom for months.
Rachel plays the role as a victim. Cisneros uses diction, tone, and imagery to convey the message. Before reading this story, I would organize a whole-class discussion around the idea of whether or not our perspectives change as we get older, and have students create a list of elements of our lives in which our perspectives could change for example: how we feel about our parents, our siblings, school, etc. For children especially, birthdays are often characterized by happiness, gifts, and surprises. This quote reflects on the feeling of displacement. . But see, you came back to me.
Cisneros uses repetition in the story, counting down the years three separate times, emphasizing the youth of the main character. At the end of the class the real owner says that it is theirs. In spite of the multiple colloquial phrases and childish expressions, this is a very philosophical piece of writing. Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories is a book of short stories published in 1991 by -based Mexican-American writer. And you are—underneath the year that makes you eleven. The award-winning Mexican-American novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist Sandra Cisneros captures this in her celebrated short story ' Eleven,' which deals with universal childhood frustration with adults.
Sylvia Saldivar, the quintessentially annoying classmate, suggested that the sweater belonged to Rachel. On the other hand, unlike most older, or mature, people, she understands enough about life experience to know she does not have enough. I recommend this book book for all the readers that like short stories. The most amazing conclusion that Rachel drives to is about age — people tend to display the characteristics of different age stages they have already passed during their entire life. However, the story focuses on the freedom that the girls have when no one of authority is watching; for example, waving at strangers, jumping on mattresses, scratching mosquito bites, picking scabs, and somersaulting in dresses.
And the anxiety that Rachel feels about not speaking up was totally me when I was younger, and still is today in some cases. Every conversation is the same, Mrs. In spite of the multiple colloquial phrases and childish expressions, this is a very philosophical piece of writing. But amazing stories often come with small word counts we're looking your way, , and Cisneros' tale is no exception. Publication date April 3, 1991 Media type Print hardcover Pages 165 pp. The fact that the author says when you are eleven, you are still ten, nine, eight, etc is how I feel about a birthday.