In the short story “Mericans” by Sandra Cisneros, we appear to be reading about a small place in Mexico. The author uses many details in the story for us to. Sandra Cisneros’ short story “Mericans” talks about a Little girl and her two brothers who are waiting outside the church for their “awful grandmother” to finish her. ✅. In Sandra Cisneros’ “Mericans,” she recalls a moment in her life when she is held between the old involving her roots and culture.
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They are quite surprised when the children respond to them in cjsneros english. This is a very powerful line and ties the story together perfectly. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Sorry, but only registered users have full access. Email Address never made public. She and her brothers are stuck in the middle of the two worlds.
Also, based on the title of the text and the first few sentances I deduced that the story would be about an Americanized-Mexican family, and therefore began to think of the conflicts that could result within this family. You are commenting using your WordPress. Just by reading the Spanish words, images, smells, and feelings come to a readers mind.
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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Cisneros is the megicans daughter out of seven children, but only Keeks and Junior supported her the most in real life-which meriacns the two closest siblings to her.
These contrasting settings are magnified by the contrast of the generations and their values. Finally, the author uses narrator first person point of view to highlight character selection and to engage readers who understand both English and Spanish. The children in the story embrace more of the American culture than a native culture with their games and also the language they prefer to speak. The narrator views the place her grandmother worships as gloomy, old, and stale with no connections towards her present world.
Later on, the narrator organizes the setting of the story in an ironic scene to stress her narrative point of view. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Cisneros sees her grandmother as awful because she prays and speaks to them in Spanish.
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Email required Address never made public. Please choose the access option you need: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The children play ugly war games outside in the plaza which has been taken over by american culture with vendors selling cheap toys at every corner.
Readers begin to understand that the narrator views the church as a gloomy, old, stale place, that she feels no connection to.
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This is a direct representation of the misunderstandings between the American children and their traditional Mexican grandmother. As the narrator describes all the things that her and her brothers must not do, the church grounds are described quite vividly.
The story ends with two american tourists breaking out their rusty spanish to talk to the children not knowing that it is their very own culture that has already seeped into the beautiful mexican culture and broken it. Though the story seems to occur around the era right after second world war took place, still at this current era such stories might exist where the younger generations stuck between a two cultural world. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The title attracts a greater audience because it involves an Americanized Mexican family, and permitting the reader to bond with the author. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: How about getting full access immediately? Notify me of new comments via email. For example, when I read Spanish words I think of warmth, cinnamon, and chili peppers. Notify me of new comments via email.
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