Gonzalez Sabrina Gonzalez Professor Birmingham English 101 23 May 2016 Hollering for Freedom In the story “Woman Hollering Creek” Sandra Cisneros introduces a character named Cleofilas to examine the dilemmas of a living her life as a married woman . The woman leaves her home to marry the man of her dreams and live in Texas with him . Cleofila is married to a man name Juan Pedro who physically abuses Cleofila as well as mentally abuses her . As well as being married to an abuser, she has a son named Juan Pablito and she is pregnant with her second child . Throughout the story “Woman Hollering Creek,” Sandra Cisneros makes it evident that Cleofila is a woman suffering in a male dominant society through the characters, symbols, and themes presented in the story . In today’s society, woman marry the man they love and they move into a new home together . Cleofila had the same dream as many women have, she was promised a life like the one she sees on television . Stated in an article by William Rouster” But what Cleofilas has been waiting for . . . is passion . . . in its crystalline essence . The kind the book and songs and telenovelas describe . When one finds, finally, the great love of one's life, and does whatever one can, must do, at whatever the cost . ” Cleofilas looks up to these women on the telenovelas and she wants to live her life like it is a telenovela . In order for her to achieve her dream, Cleofilas marries a man and moves away from home . Cleofila believes in keeping a loving and lasting 1
Gonzalez relationship with her husband because it is the way society wants her to be . That is why Cleofilas puts up with the abusive relationship she is in . She wants to continue loving her abusive husband, “The image of the woman who will keep loving her abusive betraying man no matter what is critical to the maintenance of the patriarchal society . If women can be socialized to believe that men can basically do as they please and women will put up with it” (Rouster) . Due to the fact that Cleofila wants to be excepted by society’s expectations of what a woman should be, Cleofila puts up with the abuse given by her husband to protect herself from what others people think of her . Cleofila fantasizes about her life being like the women she sees on the telenovelas . She looks up to the women on the telenovelas that play on her television, and she fantasizes about her life being like a telenovela . “Seguín, Tejas . A nice sterling ring to it . The tinkle of money . She would get to wear outfits like the women on the tele, like Lucía Méndez . And would have a lovely house, and wouldn’t Chela be jealous . . . He has a very important position in Seguin . . . New paint and new furniture . Why not? He can afford it (Cisneros 45) .
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