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Stereotypes in The House on Mango Street & "Woman Hollering Creek".

analyzing how Sandra Cisneros develops stereotypes in her work.
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Ayanna S.

on 20 November 2012

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Transcript of Stereotypes in The House on Mango Street & "Woman Hollering Creek".

Stereotypes in House on Mango Street In House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros uses vignettes to expose the stereotypes of women and men in urban communities and it also reflects women and men in society. In the vignette "Marin" in House on Mango Street there is a young girl who is going to get married to her boyfriend in Puerto Rico. She thinks being beautiful and young will change all of her problems. In the last paragraph Esperanza says about Marin "Marin... Is waiting for a car to stop, a star to fall, someone to change her life." This shows the stereotype of woman depending mostly on men. The quote also says that Marin is making her limited possibilities even smaller by waiting for a man to rescue her. The theme of this vignette would be some woman depend on men to come in and solve all of their problems, when they are perfectly capable of solving their own problems. In Alicia who Sees Mice, All Alicia wants to do is get educated and do something with her life instead of staying home, and becoming a stereotype. In the first paragraph of the vignette Alicia's father doubts his own daughter saying "Anyway, a woman's place is sleeping so she can wake up early with the tortilla star ,". Her father is basically stereotyping woman saying that they should stay home to cook, clean, and raise the children. The father and their culture hold her back from doing what she likes. The author reveals that stereotypes and expectations in your culture should not stop you from anything. Stereotypes in Woman Hollering Creek stereotype- noun: A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing: "sexual and racial stereotypes". The author Sandra Cisneros uses short stories to focus on the social roles of women, and their relationships with the men and other women in their lives. Like house on Mango Street most of the men represent masculinity and the women are mostly weak. In the short story Woman Hollering Creek Cleofilas loves her husband, but doesn't like she has to follow the stereotypes of woman. The stereotypes block her from changing her situation, this quote represents some of the stereotypes woman portray, "She has to remind herself why she loves him when she changes the baby's pampers, or when she mops the bathroom floor, or tries to make curtains for the doorways." This quote implies that woman are responsible for cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the family; and men go out and work. Like "Alicia Who Sees Mice" in House on Mango Street stereotypes shouldn't stop you from changing your situation. By: Ayanna S.
Mrs. Russolesi
English H
14 Nov. 2012 In the short story "Eyes of Zapata" Ines, the wife of Emiliano, raises the children and takes care of the family. While Emiliano focuses on the Mexican revolutionary war and has other children, from different women. This quote represents how Emiliano wasn't there to take care of the family."Me as big as a boat, Nicolas waiting to be born at any moment; and you nowhere to be found, no money sent, and not a word." This shows that in society it is acceptable for a man not to be with his family, but for a woman you have to be there and take care of the family. The author reveals that there are strong women who can overcome their struggles, when others would just give up and leave. The End Thank you for watching! The story "Barbie-Q" in Woman Hollering Creek, flawed Barbie dolls makes the young girl Rachel accept their own identity and abandon society's ideals of women. This story starts off with two young girls Rachel and Lucy playing with Barbie Dolls. In the second paragraph the girls repeat society's view on typical young girls: "Every time the same story. Your Barbie is roommates with my Barbie, my Barbies boyfriend comes over and your Barbie steals him, okay?" The invisible boyfriend doll could be seen as the author's way of emphasizing her point about society's assumptions of young women's interests. When the girls go to a flea market and purchase burned Barbie Dolls, the girls enjoy their new toys. Rachel describes her flawed Barbie: "And if the prettiest doll, Barbies MOD'ern cousin Francie with real eyelashes, eyelash brush included, has a left foot that's melted a little-so?" This sentence has a wider meaning, that the child also accepts her own flaws and ends her quest for perfection defined by society. The story "Barbie-Q" is similar in a way to the story "Woman Hollering Creek". In "Woman Hollering Creek" Cleofillas was bound to the stereotypes of woman, but later discards them; in "Barbie-Q" although the young girls didn't realize the gender role and stereotypes, they later on realize they don't mind being themselves, and forget about society's image. Unlike Marin from the vignette "Marin" Alicia wants to make her opportunities wider, and doesn't care about the stereotypical roles of woman. She just wants to make herself happy.
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