Sandra Cisneros' Literature Comparison Essay by Neatwriter

Sandra Cisneros' Literature
A comparison of two stories by Sandra Cisneros: "Salvador Late or Early" and "Mericans".
# 61822 | 1,541 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2005 in Literature (Spanish) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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"Salvador Late or Early" and "Mericans", both written by Sandra Cisneros, are stories that illustrate childhood experiences, narrated directly from the point of view of a child. This paper explains that despite all the similarities and differences, both situations in the stories can be combined to explain the same cultural situation. Both stories share elements of happiness, confusion and pain, and are intertwined with vivid descriptions from a child's eyes to describe objects and scenes to the reader. The paper concludes that both stories have themes of hope, belief and recognition.

From the Paper:

"In Salvador Late or Early, Salvador is a small, quiet boy who has no friends and comes from a very poor neighborhood, where "homes are the color of bad weather (Cisneros, 10)." Salvador's mother "is busy with the business of the baby (Cisneros, 10)" so it is his responsibility to get his two younger brothers ready for school, "feeds them milk and cornflakes from a tin cup (Cisneros, 10)," and "collects the hands of Cecilio and Arturito (Cisneros, 11)." All three of these statements illustrate Salvador's feelings of pain, confusion and maybe hope that things will be different in his life one day. Salvador is described as having "eyes the color of caterpillar (Cisneros, 10)," and his feelings as "its history of hurt (Cisneros, 10)." Salvador is not described in a very positive or flattering way, almost as though the he was a boy in the writer's class whom she did not like. This describes pain once again. In another example, Salvador's appearance is described as the "forty pound body of boy with the geography of scars." His pain is described are described as "in what part of the heart, in that cage of the chest where something throbs with both fists (Cisneros, 11)." Even though she did not like him, it seems as though the writer almost felt sorry for Salvador, in the way that she describes his poor living conditions, as "lives behind a raw wood doorway (Cisneros, 10)," and "in that vague direction (Cisneros, 10)." She may not have liked him because he was no one's friend and he was "Salvador whose name the teacher cannot remember (Cisneros, 10)." Salvador probably felt confusion as well, as there were no images of happiness that involved him."

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