The Other Side Of The Fence In Women Hollering Creek By Sandra Cisneros And The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven By Sherman Alexie

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We have all been alienated, stereotyped, and felt the general loss of control at one point in our lives, weather you are black, native American, Hispanic, or white. Race, skin color or nationality does not matter. This is the reoccurring theme in both of the text, “Women Hollering Creek” and “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”. Women Hollering Creek is a story by Sandra Cisneros a noted Mexican novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1954). It is a story of a young Mexican girl Cleofilas, who with visions of grandeur leaves her family to marry a man she barely knows and begin a new life across the border in the United States. The second short story is by Sherman Alexie (b. 1966) who was born on a reservation to Native American parents. This story is about the struggles of a Native American man who tries to disprove the stereotypical view society has of Native Americans, and to fit into society outside of the reservation. In one way or another, both characters in these texts have experienced being singled out and made to feel as though they did not fit in.
Women Hollering Creek is a collection of several seemingly unconnected stories beginning with adolescence transitioning to the teenage years and ending with adulthood. While the two stories seem to have little in common, a closer examination shows there are many similarities as well as differences. “Women Hollering Creek” is a fictional story written using life experience relating to cultural differences while “The Lone Ranger...” is a narrative story written by a Native American about the challenges he faced during his own personal experience while trying to fit into another culture. As minorities, the main character of each story strives in an attempt to live and fit into their new culture as they experience displacement making the main focus of this essay cultural identity.
In “Women Hollering Creek”, Cleofilas has surreal aspirations of her new life when her hand is given in marriage by her father as he tells her, “I am your father, I will never abandon you.” Essentially what he is telling her is if the marriage does not work, she can always return home. The author, in what would seem as retrospective self-criticism, notes she was more interested in organizing her wedding arrangements rather than the value of her father’s words. Later as a mother herself she recalls the significance of those parting words when what she thought was love turns to servitude. She describes her husband as “this keeper, this lord, this master, this husband till kingdom come.” It is at this point she realizes her new life is no better than her old. Where as in “The Lone Ranger...” the main character tells even though they argue he and his girlfriend both love each other. As a means of coping with the unhappiness of his life, he would get in his car and drive all night. In Women Hollering Creek, Cleofilas had no means of coping with unhappiness, other than sneaking to the nearby...

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