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Woman Hollering Creek- La Llorona

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Shelly Vazquez

on 18 April 2013

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Transcript of Woman Hollering Creek- La Llorona

Woman Hollering Creek La Llorona La Llorona is a Mexican folk tale about a woman named Maria, who was described as the most beautiful woman in the village. Felice was described as a very beautiful woman as well. "La Gritona. Such a funny name for such a lovely arroyo... Though no one could say whether the woman hollered from anger or from pain." In the mexican folktale La Llorona drowns her children and dies next to the river bank, after her burial people claimed to have heard her hollering and crying in search for her children. "...A thing with a voice all its own, all day and all night calling in it's high, silver voice. Is it La Llorona, the weeping woman? La Llorona who drowned her own children. Perhaps La Llorona is the one they named the creek after...La Llorona is calling to her." La Llorona's cries may attract a curious mother,
when a mother is close enough, or a child, La Llorona
is believed to snatch them." The character of Felice is shown without a husband and she is independent. As the folktale of La Llorona loses her husband she doesnt become independent, however it is something she wants. The character Felice is the representation of who La Llorona becomes after the acceptance of her life decisions. Felice from the story was described as beautiful she was like no woman Cleofilas had ever met. In the folk tale La Llorona was known for snatching any curious mothers and children who would be lured to investigate her cries. Cleofilas' only friends are Doleres and Soledad which in Spanish mean "sorrow" and "solitude". The reason being Cleofilas' life is full of lonely, sadness that has no hope quite similar to the life of "La Llorona" because she too was alone and sad. "La Llorona" has pride in herself before she has a husband and the character of Felice is portrayed as having pride and confidence in herself without a husband. Maria de Nadie was a novela they watched in Cisneros' piece, in this novela the main character Maria who was a country girl fell in love with the son of her boss, but Maria told him they could not be together because of their class difference. In La Llorona, the man she would marry would be from a wealthy class, according to the legend he decided he would leave Maria (La Llorona) for a girl of his own class. In the legend Maria (La Llorona)'s husband was from a higher wealth class, he decided to leave Maria for a woman of his own wealthy class. When La Llorona's husband left her, he would visit and see the children, but never would he speak to her, this caused her to fill with rage and resentment towards her children, which led to her drowning them. When she realized what she had done, she regretted it, so now no one is ever quite sure whether she cries from anger or from pain. So where did La Llorona actually originate and which story is the oldest? There's a fine, old, and very useful phrase in Spanish that covers the only reasonable answer--"¿Quién sabe?" Cleofilas mentions the telenovela "Tu o Nadie" in which the character of Lucia suffers through separation and betrayal from her husband and confesses that he is the one she loved the most in her life. This is much like La Llorona because in the tale she goes through her husband leaving and betraying her and she loved him more than anyone else.
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