Another, there are some things that despite a person's ignorance can be the key to their freedom. For instance, this can be seen through our actions and thoughts if we take the time to 1
notice, just as the doctor did with Cleofilas at the end of the story. When she goes to the doctor, they notice that she had "black and blue marks all over" and arrange for her escape and return to her home in Mexico. "Because the doctor has said so. She has to go. To make sure the new baby is alright"(pg 465). In order to guarantee the safety of Cleofilas and her baby on the way, she must leave her abusive husband. When she flees, Cleofilas gets help from a woman who hollers joyfully as they cross the Woman Hollering Creek bridge, teaching her a new meaning for the name of the creek and another way to be a woman. Cisneros uses hidden examples to show the pain, anguish, and despair a beaten woman feels. Symbolism also takes a role in showing the despair that is portrayed in the evaluations Cleofila is making of the neighbor ladies, and taking notice that Felice, who helps set her free, is not bound to this anguish but instead, is a woman with her own identity. In addition, Felice was the nurse at the hospital where Cleofilas had her prenatal checkup, who became a role model to Cleofilas. "The fact that she drove a pickup" and that "She herself was paying for it," really inspired Cleofilas to break lose from the ties to her husband and from his economic support, because she now knows that she does not have to depend on someone for her survival, not to mention to an abusive husband (pg. 467).
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