Eleven By Sandra Cisneros And The Flowers By Alice Walker

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“Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros and “The Flowers” by Alice Walker are both short stories with underlying themes related to the concept of coming of age, or “growing up”. To be more specific, the idea of loss in the context of childhood innocence is particularly prevalent in these stories.
The situation in which this loss occurs is drastically different within the two stories. In “Eleven”, the protagonist, Rachel, is forced to wear a sweater that is believed to be hers by her teacher and classmates. The day during which this Rachel attempts to avoid wearing the sweater, to no avail. She cannot convince the teacher that it does not belong to her. After a humiliating confrontation between Rachel and her teacher, it is discovered that the sweater
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