Salvador Late Or Early By Sandra Cisneros Essays

Presentation on theme: "The Prompt Select one piece of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification) from “Salvador Late or Early” and analyze its figurative meaning."— Presentation transcript:


2 The PromptSelect one piece of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification) from “Salvador Late or Early” and analyze its figurative meaning.What needs to be included in the STATE in order to answer the question?Identify the figurative language you will be analyzing in your paragraph.Say how it is used to make a comparisonExplain how that comparison has an impact on the story, and/or your reading of the story.

3 The “Needs Work-ies”In the short story “Salvador…” the author Sandra Cisneros uses descriptive, vivid language to get the message across about a boy who lives in a poor environment. The quote chosen helps us to see what Salvador looks life as the author uses figurative language to deeply affect the reader. “Salvador inside that wrinkled shirt…limbs stuffed with feathers and rags…” (Cisneros). This quote shows that Salvador came from a poor environment and may be starved. Readers can conclude that Salvador is abused. Child abuse is a major issue and the author highlights this topic very well.

4 The “Needs Work-ies”In the short story “Salvador..” by Cisneros the author uses metaphors to describe how unfortunate Salvador’s circumstances are. Cisneros describes Salvador as “a boy who is no one’s friend, runs along somewhere in that vague direction where homes are the color of bad weather” (Cisneros). This metaphor shows that Salvador is a boy who doesn’t have any friends because he has to care for his family. The metaphor also shows his environment and how he lives in a bad area of town because he cant afford much. This matters because the metaphor is a great description.

5 The GoodiesThe short story “Salvador..” by Cisneros uses similes to explain how Salvador disappears. Cisneros explains that after school Salvador, “flutters in the air before disappearing like a memory of kites” (Cisneros). The author is saying that Salvador is unknown by his classmates. Similar to how when kites are let go of, one may have a very short memory of what it once looked like. Slowly the kite gets further and further away until is disappears, much like the simile describes Salvador as doing. Ultimately, Salvador is just a memory, and this simile helps readers to understand how fleeting his presence is. No one knows who he is, he is just a person that others forget to acknowledge.

6 The GoodiesThe short story “Salvador..” by Cisneros uses metaphors to illustrate the pain that Salvador has gone through in his life. The author shows the trauma by describing Salvador as a “forty-pound body…geography of scars” (Cisneros). The metaphor used helps the reader to visualize the pain that has been inflicted on Salvador. The word “geography” makes the reader imagine that these are everywhere, and possibly cover his whole body. There are many children who suffer abuse every day and this is an important issue that Cisneros draws our attention to.

7 Tid-Bits AVOID 1st/2nd person POV in this kind of writing!
Take out the “I’s” and the “you’s”I didn’t mark you off if you did not cite the quote correctly this time, but I will do so next time!!!

8 ScoringIf you received a 10/10, great job. That means your paragraph was great!If you received a 9/10, then you were very close. You probably only left out one small element in the paragraph.If you received an 8/10 or lower, you did not complete a major element of the paragraph correctly.If you received a 8 or lower on this assignment, you will need to submit a revised paragraph (on the back of your original paragraph) until it fully answers the prompt and meets requirements. This is due to me by next class, but you can submit it as you finish. See me during block 7 for help!

I’d be the first to say that I was skeptical of Cisneros’ way of writing, specifically her famed novel, The House on Mango Street. I started with her introduction, which enthralled me. It pulled me into the world of a struggling writer. I saw Cisneros as a young woman who went to the movies alone because it scared her and as a daughter connecting with her mother on a rooftop.

Her introduction was sweet and straight forward, which only made the transition to her novel more difficult. I didn’t understand why she needed to break apart her narrative. I was convinced Cisneros’ could tell her story the way she had told her introduction, without breaking it up into short fragments. What I couldn’t understand, however, was how to put Cisneros’ style into greater context. When I first tried to read The House on Mango Street, I hadn’t yet learned how to appreciate a writer as intentional as Cisneros. I also wasn’t open to the idea of experimenting with the conventional form of the novel. My understanding came when I read Woman Hollering Creek, one of Cisneros’ short story collections. Somehow reading her short stories made it easier for me to comprehend her style and understand why the short story form was the format she needed to tell the story behind The House on Mango Street.

Woman Hollering Creek, though a grouping of separate short stories, has a great sense of flow because of the similar themes that run through the collection. Two short stories in particular “My Tocaya” and “Woman Hollering Creek” explicitly describe their characters as being inbetween Dolores and Soledad or pain and solitude. While her symbols require close reading, every one of them is purposeful and many other themes like indigeneity and poverty also make appearances.

What Cisneros does best in her collection, however, is challenging normative ideals about males, females, and Mexican Americans. In “Salvador Late or Early” and “Remember the Alamo,” Cisneros challenges the conventional ideas that males do not engage in feminine tasks or pastimes. “Salvador Late or Early” tells the story of a young boy that cares for all his brothers and sisters, clothing them, feeding them, and ensuring they make it to and from school. Salvador works as the domestic male, challenging stereotypes against male domesticity. “Remember the Alamo” challenges the idea that men should not engage in theatrical endeavors like dance. Cisneros writes the main character as “elegant” and “pretty” creating a challenge to masculinity.

While I can go on and on about what Cisneros does well in her writing (trust me there is a lot) the easiest way to experience the brilliance of Woman Hollering Creek is to read it. I have grown to love Cisneros’ work, not just because of how easy it is for me to relate to it, but also because of how good her writing is.

I aspire to be like Cisneros when it comes to my writing. I want to be as deliberate as she is when I choose my words. Her word choice, structure , and form are all significant. Everything has been carefully thought out and incorporated to represent her overall themes.

Woman Hollering Creek is a fantastic collection of short stories for anyone looking to learn more about sisterhood, Mexican Americans, border culture, womanhood, marriage, love, family, and the path to adulthood. The collection is also a fantastic work to reference when wanting to improve your own writing. The thought and care reflected in Cisneros’ short story collection is enough to merit a close reading of her work.

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Cover to the “Vintage Contemporaries” edition.

The title page.

Back cover to the book with a picture of Cisneros in the corner.


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