Women Hollering

Women Hollering

“Women Hollering Creek “illustrates Sandra Cisneros feminist perspective by creating a situation in which a young woman Cleófilas is in an abusive marriage and finds the inner strength to escape. Cleófilas thought her life would have to be like that, like a telenovela, only now the episodes got sadder and sadder (Cisneros 251). Cisneros forces the reader to see the central character as a young naïve woman living in poverty, separated from her family and native country.

Cisneros creates two strong and intelligent female characters Graciela and Felice who serves as Cleófilas inspiration. “Come on, Felice. Please? If we don’t help her, who will?”(Cisneros 252)Cisneros allows the reader to see Cleófilas’s desire to be a free and independent woman through her admiration for Felice’s strength and self-governing personality. Everything about this woman, this Felice, amazed Cleófilas. The fact that she drove a pickup. A pickup, mind you, but when Cleófilas asked if it was her husband’s, she said she didn’t have a husband. The pickup was hers. She herself had chosen it. She herself was paying for it (Cisneros 253).

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago to a Mexican father and a Mexican – American mother. Cisneros like Cleófilas was the only girl in a family of six boys. She grow –up in a bilingual family traveling back and forth to Mexico and America. Cisneros stories and poems often echoed what it was like living in an environment inundated with masculine values.

Cleófilas an inexperienced woman coming of age is marrying Juan Pedro Martinez Sanchez and leaving Mexico to live in the United States. The day Don Serafin gave Juan Pedro Martinez Sanchez permission to take Cleófilas Engriqueta Deleon Hernandez as his bride, across her father’s threshold, over several miles of dirt road and several miles of paved, over one border and beyond to a town en el otro lado – on the other side – already did he divine the morning his daughter would raise her hand over her eyes...

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