“Woman Hollering Creek”
The short story “Woman Hollering Creek” is written by Sandra Cisneros who is a Chicago native born to a Mexican father and Mexican American mother. Cisneros uses extreme detail and vivid storylines that jump from scene to scene to keep the reader enticed with her imaginative and symbolic style of writing. Cisneros uses her experiences as a woman to write stories about the experiences of other women living in the Southwest. The short story Woman Hollering Creek is written with the women of the story being the protagonist and the central character Cleofilas narrating the story.
“Woman Hollering Creek” is the story about a young woman Cleofilas who leaves her fathers home for a fairytale life after her wedding, but soon discovers that her marriage to a Mexican-American from “el otro lado,” the other side of the border from her sleepy Mexican village of Monclova is nothing of the sort. Cleofilas has grown up thinking about the day she would be married since “she was old enough to lean against the window” (247). Cleofilas imagined that her life after marriage would be similar to the glamorous lifestyles and love lives of her favorite telenovelas personalities; she would wear the same styles of clothes and jewelry as Lucia Melendez, a famous actress in her native homeland of Mexico. With her husband Juan Pedro they would have “passion in the purest crystalline essence. The kind the books and songs and telenovelas describe when one finds, finally, the great love of ones life, and does whatever one can, must do, at whatever the cost”(247). Cleofilas would live by the motto “To suffer for love is good. The pain all sweet somehow in the end” (247).
The story begins with Cleofilas leaving her fathers home to journey to America with her new husband Juan Pedro to start her new life in a small town in Seguin, Texas. Upon arriving in Seguin Cleofilas notices the beautiful arroyo that one must travel over to allow entrance in to...