Eleven By Sandra Ciscerno Summary

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Clint Woods English IV AP 4th period January 30, 13 “Eleven” Sandra Ciscerno develops the remarkable characteristics that are portrayed by Rachael through the use of multiple literary techniques. Rachael, though only eleven years old, has the intellect of a woman that is much older than she is, however, her diction does reflect the typical level of language for an eleven year old. Rachael is able to explain the difficulties of growing up with pinpoint precision as she describes her embarrassment, hopelessness, and agony that she feels because of her ruthless teacher Mrs. Price. However, even while she is suffering through such a painful experience Rachael continues to remind herself of the birthday celebration that awaits her when…show more content…
The reader can hear a child’s reaction to the situations that plague her life. She describes numerous childhood experiences that are valuable to children of a young age such as when she says, “Or maybe some days you might need to sit on your mama’s lap because you’re scared...” these expressions help to display the speaker’s age in the story. To continue on, Rachael uses numerous similes to describe her crying like uncontrollable hiccups, drinking milk too fast, and little animal noises. Conversely, while Rachael diction often reflects her age her diction sometimes takes a turn to reflect her inner intellect. “…The sweater that smells like cottage cheese,” shows that while Rachael is still only a child her personality is one that posses age. By using this type of diction the Cisneros chooses to show a more mature side of Rachael because children often do not worry about the smell of the clothes that they wear. Even though Rachael’s intellect helps to develop the mature side of her throughout the story the repetition used throughout exemplifies the rudimentary behavior of a child. Throughout several passages the repetition of “not mine” shows how Rachael’s behavior is on level with that of an elementary student. Another example of repetition would be when Rachael continues to go back on the expression, “ you’re also ten, nine, eight,

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