Woman Hollering Creek
In her short story “Woman Hollering Creek,” Sandra Cisneros shows in her writing some of the same experiences she wrote about in her narrative. Having a Mexican father and a Mexican-American mother gave Cisneros a chance to see life from two different cultures. As she writes this story she really expresses life as she sees it from a feminist perspective. She shows the conflicts that most women face just about every day of their life. It has always been a struggle for women in this world that we live in. Cisneros used her writing to give women a voice that spoke of the unfairness of how they are viewed. In this story she shows a deep contrast between the life that most women dream of and the reality that they live from day to day.
It was important for the author to be a woman because as Cisneros writes she speaks from the perspective of women. When one writes from a feminist perspective they are really trying to show the story from how women view things. Most stories display men as superior and women as secondary.
The story begins with her father, Don Serafin, giving Juan Sanchez permission to take his only daughter as his bride. He knows that his daughter is not mentally ready because she has this idea that everything will just be alright. Don tells her, “I would never abandon you,” (246) because he knows that she is headed for a great disappointment. Cisneros didn’t waste any time showing her readers the troubles that Cleofilas would face as her marriage progressed. The story showed that women were treated as second class and had no voice. When Juan and Cleofilas went to the ice house it gave a view of how women were suppose to act in public. “From the times during her first year when still a newlywed she is invited and accompanies her husband, sits mute beside their conversation, and waits and sips a beer until it grows warm, twists a paper napkin into a knot, then another into a fan, one into a rose, nods her head, smiles,...