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