Rachel’s views herself in “Eleven,” is that she’s growing up and she doesn’t know how to handle it. There are many reasons and evidence, to back up why I feel this way. “How do you think Rachel views herself?” When I saw the question, I thought about when Rachel said, “And when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don’t.” (Cisneros 99)
I noticed that Kingsolver use the idea of language to demonstrate the distinct character. For example Rachel consistently misuses of words reveals a lot about her character. In book three looking at the last paragraph of one section where Rachel says, “But I won’t tell her. I prefer to remain anomalous” (270). In this line Rachel probably meant to say, “I prefer to remain anonymous.”
“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 fate of the timeless friendship of Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe picks up in this short sequel of Friends. With turbulence (1- Information Theory, Haun 16) within the status of Ross and Rachel 's relationship, the group fears their demise will inevitably ensue. The friends are there for Rachel as they help her decide to take action. Ross widely known as, “the divorcer” makes an effort to clear his name in a not so surprising gesture. Joey surprises everyone when the fate of their friendship helps him realize what 10 years of friendship has been preparing him for.
Feminism/Gender “Women are expected to wear just the one style of garment and no other. But the men, now that is a course of different color” (44). Rachel made observations about gender norms in Kilanga, which are not that different from the U.S. culture. Back in the 1960s, women did not have much rights and opportunities to present and express their thoughts and opinions. Just like wearing clothes, they did not get a chance to choose based on their individual preference.
“The most identifying trait of humanity is our ability to be inhumane.” This is a quote from Dean Koontz, an American author. As Koontz stated, humans often times act inhumane, lack the kindness or compassion for the things around them. This meaning that humans sometimes turn to other traits or abilities in order to live on with their life such as judgment or hatred. But just as humans share the ability to be inhumane, other characteristics of humanity can play a role in their lives as well.
R stands for Risible, which means laughable. A stands for amazing, because she is awesome. C stands for childish, because she has a child in her that she will never outgrow. H stands for huggable, because she is a pillow when you need one. E stands for energetic, because she is full of energy.
This message is threaded throughout both “Eleven” and “Same Song” in a psychological sense. In the excerpt written by Sandra Cisneros, she treats ages in an entirely new way. Rather than viewing them as milestones to pass and never revisit, Cisneros believes that ages are “kind of like an onion” or “the rings inside a tree trunk,” with each year layering upon the last. The author states that when one’s birthday occurs, they do not immediately feel that age. It may take months to “feel smart” for the age one truly is.
Rachel Watson is not a good person. She is obsessive, petty, manipulative, and is delusional at the best of times. However, she has a some redeeming characteristic, her strong sense of morality and hate for greed and selfishness. Over the course of the novel Rachel exhibits an unnerving amount of obsessive behavior. Rachel knows Megan and Scott’s lives, their habits, and the house they live in, claiming to know the “color of the the curtains in the upstairs bedroom [...] the paint peeling off the bathroom window frame and that there are four tiles missing from a section of the roof on the right-hand side”, while undoubtedly creepy and possibly untrue, it reveals another side of Rachel, an observant and slightly delusional side.