After Ixchel and Boy Babys sexual encounter she also saw herself as a Mayan

After ixchel and boy babys sexual encounter she also

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was so fascinated by the Mayans that he saw himself as one. After Ixchel, and Boy Baby’s sexual encounter she also saw herself as a Mayan through this “sexual initiation.” The sexual encounter not only made Ixchel become closer to her traditions, but she also fell pregnant. Her pregnancy left her family ashamed, and sad. Ixchel’s grandma “Cried until her eyes were little, and blamed Uncle Lalo, and Uncle Lalo blamed this country, and Abuelita blamed the infamy of men” (One Holy Night 30). America being the blame, was greatly emphasized for what was happening to the young narrator. When a child from an immigrant household does something not culturally or socially acceptable, many tend to blame the country the child is on but not their own upbringing skills; to Ixchel’s uncle, Uncle Lalo the narrator becoming pregnant losing her “womanhood” made her lose touch with her morality and decency that comes from her Mexican ancestral roots. Alienation and displacement are also two themes that are consistent with Cisneros’ work, which include “Mericans,” and “Woman Hollering Creek.” In the opening of Cisneros’ short story, “Mericans” a young girl and her brothers are seen waiting for their “awful grandmother,”
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to finish praying (Mericans 18); the young girl and her siblings, are also told that they must wait outside of the church and are ordered not to leave. While her brothers run around play around, the young girl notices the various people who are walking in and out of the church. The young girl would love to join her brothers, and play with them but they tend to leave her out. She states: My little brother is imagining he’s a flying feather dancer, like the ones we saw swinging high up from a pole on the Virgin’s birthday. I want to be a flying feather dancer, but when he circles past me he shouts, ‘I’m a B-Fifty-two bomber, you’re a German,” and shoots me with an invisible machine gun. I’d rather play flying feather dancers, but if I tell my brother this, he might not play with me at all (Mericans 18). Due to the narrator being the only girl out of her siblings, they tend to exclude her and assume she wants to be the “weak” player in games. If she disagrees with their player choice, her brothers exclude her and make her feel even more alienated than she already feels which makes her not even want to play with them. After this encounter, the young girl goes inside the church
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  • Spring '14
  • DanielJ.Dissinger
  • Short story, Boy, Woman Hollering Creek

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