A Shift from an Extraordinary Girl to a Hero and Saint
In Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints
, the main character Cerezita shifts from an
extraordinary person to a saint-like individual at the expense of the disastrous turmoil and
grief that sweeps her community due to toxic pesticides.
This play chronicles the rise of
a young virgin, literally, to a metaphorical and spiritual virgin like the Virgin Guadalupe.
This paper traces how the rhetoric of religion describes Cerezita’s shift from a normal
innocent girl to a heroic and divine being.
I will conclude with the question of how the
power of faith gives individuals the courage to partake in activities that they would
normally, or most likely, not do.
In the play Heroes and Saints, Moraga utilizes religious
aspects to emphasize an innocent and handicapped girl’s – Cerezita – ultimate decision to
take on the burden of an entire community as a saint.
The history of the word “god” alludes to a supernatural being that is associated
with the positive aspects of religion – God and Heaven.
In Jewish and Christian
theology, God is the creator of the world and mankind and overseer of the universe.
Some attributes that theologians associate with God include omniscience, omnipotence,
omnipresence, omnibenevolence, divine simplicity, and external existence.
“god” is also used to describe the Greek gods, who are supernatural beings that rule a
component of each human beings surroundings, emotions, and lives.
For example, there
is the goddess of Aphrodite – the goddess of love, lust, beauty, seduction, and pleasure.
There is also the king of the gods and the god of the sky, weather, thunder, law, order,