The essay “Only Daughter”, written by Sandra Cisneros is centered on the main idea that being an only daughter of seven sons “explains everything” of her life. Cisneros’ essay is structured to emphasize the emotional impact of surpassing socially excepted gender roles in a conservative Mexican family. Her fathers view on college is for Cisneros to successfully acquire a husband but her own view is to become an independent writer. Feeling discriminated because of her feminine qualities and unappreciated by her male family members she finds herself always wanting to impress her father with her writings. Feminism becomes a huge theme throughout this essay and conveys an only daughter of a Mexican-American family of nine exposed to the unequal
The day is spent on an American street that portrays the Spanish culture in a marketplace. Where you can buy anything, but the customer is never to pay the asking prices, so the father haggles the price of the Zapatos (shoes) he wanted. Cofer also uses Spanish words in as she expresses the cultural role of women, in her story “The Witches Husband”. Her grandmother is elderly and taking care of her sick, grandfather, so she goes to Puerto Rica to convince her that it is time for here children to take care of her because she is getting to old to take care of her husband who had dementia. Once she has established the theme, in the story, she then refers to her grandmother by the Spanish name Abuela and describes her life and role of mother and wife as Latino women.
As a “Reverend Mother” (265), Consoltata appears like a goddess in the women’s lives. Her power of raising the dead bodies and seeing “best in the dark” (241) has sparks Lone’s thoughts towards Consolata unusual forces.As a wise woman, Consolata has finally finds the therapy that would heal the psychological and physical traumas these women faced. As a matter of fact, Yue-Ting in describing Consolata, he says that she is “an example influenced by magic realism rooting from Latin American Literature” (978).Consequently, she creates what Morrison calls the “Loud Dreaming,” in which, the female characters’ past is substituted by brighter future as they have been purified and cleansed by the falling rain. In the “Loud Dreaming,” Consolata asks the women to recline on the floor, surroundedby the lighted candles while repeating sacred words that say, “My child body, hurt and soil, leaps into the arms of a woman who teach me my body is nothing my spirit is everything” (Morrison 263). Once again, the Convent appears to offer the spiritual experience that is denied them in external
This opposition is clearly represented in the stories “Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros and “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, two authors that focus on the female character and approach the topic exposed before. In this paper I will demonstrate that, despite the fact that they have grown up in different cultures and environments, both Cleófilas and Girl are very share similar characteristics with regard to the roles they are demanded to perform in the patriarchal societies in which they were born. To begin with, Cleófilas is a young woman that was brought up by her father in Mexico and treated like “the princess” (Cisneros 48) of the house; on her behalf, Girl —whose name we ignore— was raised in Jamaica by an
“To be a queen of a household is a powerful thing”, quoted by Jill Scott, which portrays the idea of being the head of a household as a woman. Like Water for Chocolate, written by Laura Esquirel, firmly emphasizes the power that the head of a household could have and use. In this novel, the unavailability of a father in the family led Mama Elena to take the role as a head of household. Mama Elena is a mother of three daughters who treats her youngest daughter overbearingly, due to the Mexican tradition. Although Mama Elena is biologically a woman, she has almost identical characteristics as men do.
In Mexican American society , women are deemed inferior to men, evident in traditional family roles, the male is the head of the family who provides for the family , while the woman stays at home to look after the children she is expected to provide for her husband . In the third vignette of ‘The House on Mango Street’ titled ‘Boys and Girls’ the reader is informed of the division between men and women when Esperanza refers to herself and her sister Nenny , and her brothers, “They’ve got plenty to say to me and Nenny inside the house. But outside they can’t be seen talking to girls”. The male dominance begins at a very young age. It is this male dominance that deems women as second class citizens who do not need an education.
Women in the United States has come a long bumpy ride to get the equal rights as their counter partner, the men. One particular accomplishment was recognizing American female authors, in specific, Mexican-American female authors. The richness of Mexican literature expands to novels, memoirs, short essays, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and so much more. Mexican literature includes many genres, but a distinct theme that focuses on the personal aspects of Mexican-Americans are genres that centers around the culture. The Distance Between Us, is a 2012 memoir of the iconic contemporary female Mexican-American author Reyna Grande.
In Rhina Espaillat’s poem, “Bilingual/Bilingüe”, she has described her cultural situation as rough. Espaillat discusses how her father did not allow for her daughter to speak both languages, English and Spanish, together in the house. The father demanded her to only speak Spanish inside the house and English outside only because he is afraid that the language will tear their relationship apart. However, since Espaillat considered herself stubborn, she didn’t want the separation of languages, she taught herself English. Being raised in a household with a different language than what the dominant language is outside of the household is difficult for some individuals, however, mixing cultural differences and languages into one is wonderful.
Sexuality comes from within a person, while gender roles are imposed on a person from childhood, through adolescence until adulthood. Rules, regulations, norms and conventions have been pre-set for both the male and the female for centuries. Women are expected to behave in a certain way which for men, would be absolutely unacceptable and would attract ridicule, and vice-versa. Formed during the socialization phases of a child, gender role issues influence people throughout their lives; conflict can arise when someone does not feel at ease with his or her gender role Parents, being the first teachers and role models that a child encounters, play an important part in imposing the idea of gender roles in their child. They help in shaping their attitudes, behavior and basic skills such as walking, sitting, talking and other gestures.
While it is based on those core values it is seen from the one person point of view of Clemencia and how those values mold her life. Her mother is not happy with the life she has and blames it on the fact that she married a Mexican. She teachers her daughters