Not even being allowed to explain. Rachel wishes she were older and better equipped to handle the situation. To view it, In the short story, Eleven by Sandra Cisneros, Rachel is struggling with her age. . This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. She appreciates the experience and wisdom demonstrated by her teacher even knowing that she is completely wrong in pressing Rachel to some unpleasant actions.
They won city-wide poetry prizes three years in a row. I'm so glad you asked. Rachel, the ingenuous 1st person narrator, relates the details of her humiliating eleventh birthday. Price uses her power to force Rachel to put it on. Being an only daughter in a family of six sons forced me by circumstance to spend a lot of time by myself because my brothers felt it beneath them to play with a girl in public. What secret knowledge and power is revealed after each birthday? Before lunch, Phyllis Lopez remembered the sweater was actually hers.
The owner of the sweater would have to have a sense pride in order to step out in public representing themselves wearing the repulsive sweater. The complexity of an eleven-year-old girl who is almost a teenager, by the way is derived from the first-person style of narration. Rachel obeyed, but burst into tears, weeping into her own arms as she released the built up frustration. For example when she say I don't, you're not. I read this story in my language and literature class, I like this story because of three reason. Now it's harder than ever and gets harder with every year.
See my website's calendar of events for when I come and lecture near you. The main heroine — she is very emotional, curious and behaves like an adaptable child in all life situations. Cisneros is examining coming of age as well as power and authority in this story. She is sitting in class when the teacher drags out an old red sweater in poor condition and asks the class to whom it belongs. The fact that she is so disgusted by the sweater that she cannot even stand to be near it is a true testament to her character and strength. Rachel's proclamation that she wished to be 102 years old is an odd age for a little girl to want to be.
She understands that it is the challenge she needs to grow up faster as she will receive additional benefits of behaving the way she wants and resisting to the outside irritators. In doing so, Rachel provides the reader with insight into her shame, undeserved treatment, and unequal relations of power. Finally, the teacher insists Rachel put on the sweater. All she has to do is make it through the day so she can go home for an evening of cake, presents, and birthday fun. I recommend this book because I think this book is very interesting. Sure, we might not know the embarrassment of having a teacher force us to wear an ugly, old sweater that smells of cottage cheese, but chances are we have all suffered similar embarrassments.
Although that did not stop this author, Sandra Cisneros. I've never thought about birthdays in the way it is described here. Since growing up is something we all must do—no exceptions, no exclusions, no refunds—this story can speak to all of us, whether we're eleven-year-old girls or not. Some days you may feel like crying for no reason at all, just because. And it's a time much too early to understand sickness, old age, disease, stress--even menstrual headaches. Rachel gets a sick feeling deep inside her, and it has nothing to do with long division.
One of the strong sides of this literary piece is the extremely high emotionality and the ability to look inside the mind of a person with complete sincerity and transparency of the thoughts. She desperately wants to be one hundred and two, but realizes that her experience adds up to eleven. Cisneros introduces readers to our young narrator through the girl's thoughtful contemplation of aging and birthdays. Price when she made her put on the ugly sweater that was not hers at all. However, the fact that she is so disgusted by the sweater that she cannot even stand to be near it is a true testament to her character and strength. One of her famous novels, Woman Hollering Creek was a prime example of how a combined culture: Mexican-Americans, could show their pride and identity in this century. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation.
It's not much because this short story is only four pages twenty-two paragraphs long. It touches upon such global and adult issues as experience, freedom, aging, life and death, knowledge and restrictions. Rachel receives undeserved treatment from her peers and undeniably from her teacher. I wonder if you can visit Hogan Middle School. I liked this book because it was a little funny in the part of the sweater, well I am not going to spoiled it to you but it was a little boring at the beginning. Like Celaya, when spoken to in Spanish, I replied in English. When people ask me how old I am, I have to concentrate and pause a little too long to remember how old I am, for I keep thinking I am 26 or 27, but in actuality I am 31, though I am overly playful for my age I often act like a 9yr old.
Instead, it's trying to describe an emotional experience, one shared by all of us forced to take part in that grand experiment called growing up—which is something we can all relate to. She puts it on and starts to cry. Eleven or One hundred and Two? Inciting Incident The Inciting Incident is when Mrs. Overall, I strongly recommend all short stories readers to read this book. Rachel returned it, noticing that Mrs. Price to accuse her of owning the sweater but she could have asked a lot nicer. That way everyone will know the answers once and for all.