In the short story “Mericans” by Sandra Cisneros, we appear to be reading about a small place in Mexico. The author uses many details in the story for us to. Sandra Cisneros’ short story “Mericans” talks about a Little girl and her two brothers who are waiting outside the church for their “awful grandmother” to finish her. ✅. In Sandra Cisneros’ “Mericans,” she recalls a moment in her life when she is held between the old involving her roots and culture.

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The characters in the stories are deeply rooted in the cultural contexts of their productions. This short story illuminates the Americanization of other cultures specifically a Mexican culture. By continuing to use this website, cianeros agree to their use.

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Mericans by Sandra Cisneros. Or if you need this sample for free, we can send it to you via email. It was straight forward and easy to understand. The story ends with two american tourists breaking out their rusty spanish to talk to the children not knowing that it is their mercians own culture that has already seeped into the beautiful mexican culture and broken it. On the American side, they are Michelle, Junior, and Keeks; on the other side, with their abuela grandmotherthey are called by their Mexican names, Micaela, Enrique, and Alfredito.

Just by reading the Spanish words, images, smells, and feelings come to a readers mind. This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


The title attracts a greater audience because it involves an Americanized Mexican family, and permitting the reader to bond with the author. This is a direct representation of the misunderstandings between the American children and their traditional Mexican grandmother.

Email required Address never made public. Mexican rituals are slowly dying out even though the old generations focus on passing down as many rituals as possible to the younger generations.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You guys want gum? Cisneros sees her grandmother as awful because she prays and speaks to them in Spanish. We’ll occasionally send you account related and promo emails. The children, in the story, may look like Native Americans or Mexicans, but their main language is English.


The use of Spanish words in the story such as, La Virgen de Guadalupe and la ofrenda give readers an idea that the characters have different cultures. Notify me of new comments via email. The children play ugly war games outside in the plaza which has been taken over by american culture with vendors selling cheap toys at every corner.

You can get this essay on your email Topic: I deduce that the narrator is about ten years merican based on her tone as well as the fact that she almost cries when her little brother makes fun of her for being a girl. Readers know that it is a sunny day and there is a hill and a cemetary behind the church, music, wooden ponies that people can take their pictures on, and various vendors.


Mericans by Sandra Cisneros

The children in the story embrace more of the American culture than a native culture with their games and also the language they prefer to speak. This site uses cookies. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. But Michelle tends mericaans struggle understanding her grandmothers cultural heritage, and it seems to take her quite a bit of effort doing it.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. You can get this essay on your email. Fill in your details below ccisneros click an icon to log in: Create a free website or blog at WordPress. We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Also, based on the title of the text and the first few sentances I deduced that the story would be about an Americanized-Mexican family, and therefore began to think of the conflicts that could result within this family.

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Finally, the author uses narrator first person point of view to highlight character selection and to engage readers who understand both English and Spanish. But they are also not allowed to come inside the church. This made me curious and drew me into the text.

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