Sandra Cisneros (1954-Present)
Sandra Cisneros was born on December 20, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois. One of seven children and the only daughter, she has written extensively about the Latina experience in the United States. Her novel "The House on Mango Street," about a young Latina woman coming of age in Chicago, has sold more than two million copies. Cisneros has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Texas Medal of the Arts.
Those Who Don't
Those who don't know any better come into our neighborhood scared. They think we're dangerous. They think we will attack them with shiny knives. They are stupid people who are lost and go here by mistake.
But we aren't afraid. We know the guy with the crooked eye is Davey the Baby's brother, and the tall one next to him in the straw brim, that's Rosa's Eddie V., and the big one that looks like a dumb grown man, he's Fat Boy, though he's not fat anymore nor a boy.
All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakily-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight. Yeah. That's how it goes.
S: "attack them with shiny knives"
I: "our knees go shakily-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight"
T: Candid (tone)
This picture shows men wearing a zoot suit. This picture relates to one of Sandra's novels "Caramelo". In a section of a novel American girls are labeling what a Mexican girl is supposed to look and be like. The novel relates to the picture because during the Chicano movement, when a man wore a zoot suit they were looked at as gangsters by the American.
This image shows students walking out of school to protest against their education and discrimination against their race. This relates to one of the chapters of "The House on Mango Street". In the "No Speak English" chapter a lady that crossed the border with the help of her husband didn't know any English. Americans were judging her because she didn't know the American ways nor the language. So both the image and the book are related because they were racially discriminated.
Chicano working in the fields
This image shows Mexicans working on a field and trying to improve their lifestyle. This relates to the book "A House on Mango Street". In the "Bums in the Attic" chapter Esperanza dreams to move out the Mango street and live in her own home, because she lived in a poor neighborhood. They both relate to each other because during the Chicano Movement Mexicans were employed and wanted to improve their life, but didn't have a good income if money to have a good life.