1. In the short story, “Woman Hollering Creek,” Cisneros creates a character, Cleófilas, that exposes some of the contradictions within cultural expectations and realities about being a wife, or at least being in love. What should a Mexican woman sacrifice for love? What does the story suggest about pain, grief, shame, rage, and joy? What roles and possibilities are open to women, in both Mexico and the United States? Describe different types of community in both of these countries. As you consider some of these questions, be aware that Cleófilas is identified with the weeping woman of folklore, la Llorona (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. What do you think this folktale reveals about cultural attitudes and anxieties about women? How and why does Cisneros rewrite the folktale? How does Cisneros use other characters, such as Soledad and Dolores, to revise this cultural type in different ways?
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