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Feminist Critical Perspective

Feminist Critical Perspective

  • Submitted By: sele628
  • Date Submitted: 03/08/2009 11:51 AM
  • Category: English
  • Words: 541
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In the short story, written from a feminist critical perspective, “Women Hollering Creek”, Sandra Cisneros indicates the role of women is to serve their husbands. She does this through the main character, Cleofilas, a poor country girl from Mexico. She also shows this woman getting out of an abusive relationship.The male character in this story, Jaun Pedro, justifies his actions by saying “I go to work to pay the bills and put food on the table”. Women were not considered equal. The story starts out with Don Serafin giving Jaun Pedro permission to marry his only daughter, Cleofilas. Jaun plans to move them to the United States, Sequin, Texas. As Cleofilas is getting ready to leave her father reminds her he will never abandon her. The town she lives in, Mexico, doesn’t have that much exciment. She spends most of her time reading and watching television soap operas. She awaits the love of her life. She dreams of the house they will live in and her outfits will look like the womens on television. A short time after they are married Jaun begins to abuse her physically and mentally. She also noticed things when she came home with her first child that points to him being unfaithful. Cleofilas doesn’t think she can go home pregnant with a second child. Then she remembers her father’s words. The newspapers are filled with stories about women being killed by boyfriends, lovers, and husbands. Things are still that way today but there is a way out. Men can only have control if the woman allows it. Cleofilas wants to go to the doctor. She begs Jaun to take her to check on the baby. She tells him she will tell the doctor the bruises came from her falling down the front steps. While at the doctor Graciela, a woman who works there, is talking on the phone to Felice. She is saying “this woman has bruises all over her, she doesn’t speak English, and she hasn’t been allowed to write or call home”.She asks Felice to take her to the bus station. They agree Felice will meet her at...

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