In the short story “Mericans” by Sandra Cisneros, we appear to be reading about a small place in Mexico. The author uses many details in the story for us to. Sandra Cisneros’ short story “Mericans” talks about a Little girl and her two brothers who are waiting outside the church for their “awful grandmother” to finish her. ✅. In Sandra Cisneros’ “Mericans,” she recalls a moment in her life when she is held between the old involving her roots and culture.

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In the first paragraph of the story, a classic church scene is described establishing the location of the setting. Mexican rituals are slowly dying out even though the old generations focus on passing down as many rituals as possible to the younger generations.

Readers know that it is a sunny day and there is a hill and a cemetary behind the church, music, wooden ponies that people can take their pictures on, and various vendors. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The reader gets a strong sense of the setting in the first few lines of the story when Cisneros begins to use Spanish words and phrases.

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The children play ugly war games outside in the plaza which has been taken over by american culture with vendors selling cheap toys at every corner. For example, when I read Spanish words I think of warmth, cinnamon, and chili peppers.

How about getting full access immediately? The title attracts a greater audience because it involves an Americanized Mexican family, and permitting the reader to bond with the author. Uncategorized Leave a comment. The story ends with two american tourists breaking out their rusty spanish to talk to the children not knowing that it is their very own culture that has already seeped into the beautiful mexican culture and broken it.

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This made me curious and drew me into the text. Later on, the narrator organizes the setting of the story in an ironic scene to stress her narrative point of view.

Cisnetos short story illuminates the Americanization of other cultures specifically a Mexican culture.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Just by mreicans the Spanish words, images, smells, and feelings come to a readers mind.

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Readers begin to understand that the narrator views the church as a gloomy, old, stale place, that she feels no connection to. The children in the story embrace more of the American culture than a native culture with their games and also the language they prefer to speak.

Or if you need this sample for free, we can send it to you via email. Email required Address never made public. The use of Spanish words in the story cisnefos as, La Virgen de Guadalupe and la ofrenda give readers an idea that the characters have different cultures.


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We have received your request for getting a sample. You are commenting using your WordPress. The narrator merucans the place her grandmother merlcans as gloomy, old, and stale with no connections towards her present world.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Though the story seems to occur around the era right after second world war took place, still at this current era such stories might exist where the younger generations stuck between a two cultural world.

Mericans by Sandra Cisneros

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: On the American side, they are Michelle, Junior, and Keeks; on the other side, with their abuela grandmotherthey are called by their Mexican names, Micaela, Enrique, and Alfredito. It was straight forward and easy to understand.

Cisneros sees her grandmother as awful because she prays and speaks to them in Spanish. You can get this essay on your email.

Downloading text is forbidden on this website. The children, in the story, may look like Native Americans or Mexicans, but their main language is English.