In author Sandra Cisneros was born in a low-income family of seven children, based in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother was Mexican American, and her father, a full Mexican. This vision provides a decidedly female perspective on sex, culture, and racism. Here she exchanges one domineering male force for another — her father Cisneros
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Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. Plot Summary. All Symbols La Virgen de Guadalupe. LitCharts Teacher Editions. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play.
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Clemencia explains that her mother has always told her to never marry a Mexican. Not any man. Active Themes. Related Quotes with Explanations. At this point, Clemencia coveted the idea of becoming an artist, hoping to be like Frida Kahlo. But she and Ximena lived in a dangerous neighborhood, where gunshots rang out all night long. This reminded Clemencia of her childhood, since the two girls grew up in an even worse neighborhood.
The anger Clemencia feels toward her mother has to do with the idea that her mother is disloyal to her father. As such, she condemns marriage in general, turning away from it in her own life in favor of independence. Clemencia addresses a man named Drew in her narrative, asking him if he remembers speaking Spanish to her as they make love.
When Clemencia and Drew lie together, she writes, her skin is dark against his, and he calls this beautiful. For her, then, love is a complicated mix of identity and passion.
Clemencia asks Drew if his son knows the role she played in his birth. Pushing on, she insists that she was the one who convinced Drew to have the baby—when his wife was pregnant, he was unsure whether or not it was a good idea to have a child, but Clemencia convinced him to not suggest that his wife get an abortion. And I can snuff you between my finger and thumb if I want to. She prides herself in her ability to steal Drew from his wife.
The fact that she takes credit for the birth of his son indicates how influential she thinks she is when it comes to persuading him. Download it! Clemencia admits that she has slept with many men while their wives are in labor.
His wife picks up and is exceedingly proper, which makes Clemencia laugh. This is Megan. She then found a Russian nesting doll, opened it until finding the smallest doll at the center, and put a gummy bear in its place, pocketing the small figure. On the way home, she dropped it into a muddy stream. Sometimes all humanity strikes me as lovely. Clemencia is a complex character in that she embodies both a fierce sense of independence and a melancholic sense of loneliness.
On the other hand, she finds herself deeply troubled by the idea that Drew loves somebody else more than her. With this realization, she overcomes the divisive mindset her mother has instilled in her about the difference between Mexicans and Americans, finally able to open herself up to a broader understanding of love. Cite This Page. Home About Story Contact Help.
“Never Marry a Mexican”: Theme Analysis & Summary
The collection reflects Cisneros's experience of being surrounded by American influences while still being familially bound to her Mexican heritage as she grew up north of the Mexico-US border. These tales focus on the social role of women, and their relationships with the men and other women in their lives. Apart from focusing on these issues of struggling females, Cisneros simultaneously develops the readers' sensitivity towards the lives of immigrants. The vignettes are quite short on average; the longest is 29 pages, while the shortest is fewer than five paragraphs. Despite such limited space, Cisneros experiments with daring poetic prose in her storytelling; for example, each story presents a new character with a distinct literary voice and style. Such writing has earned her the title of an accomplished Chicana poet, with the added credentials of her published books of poetry My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman From early on, a bond ran throughout Cisneros's family as a result of being separated from their homeland and having to live as Mexican-Americans in Chicago.
Never Marry a Mexican
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. Plot Summary. All Symbols La Virgen de Guadalupe. LitCharts Teacher Editions. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts.
Sandra Cisneros. Never Merry A Mexican. Her mother plays a really big part in her upbringing because of her cheating on her dad while her dad was bedridden and sick. She has an affair with a foreman at the photofinishing plant where she worked. She starts talking about her affair with a married man, Drew, and about how when his wife was giving birth they were making love in their bed.