Sandra Cisneros My Name Analysis

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English 28 25 June 2014 Essay # 1 “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros Does a name identify you? Yes, According to the Narrator of “My Name”, Esperanza thought her name was ugly and carries a negative tenor. There are continuous amount of names that someone can identify with. There are not only names given at birth, but also names that members of society and racial groups could give you; respectful and disrespectful names. A name doesn’t give a person there true identity because it is not chosen, it is selected by other people. A person typically get there name in the first day or so after birth, usually by their parents. At times, people do grow up to hate their name; it’s difficult for someone to identify with a name they despise or don’t like. In…show more content…
In the first paragraph she writes about how negatively she feels about her name. She used connotation such as, “it is like the number nine” and “a muddy color” (109) to show her aversion for her name. The narrator used simile like stating, “It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing” (109). She used this simile to draw equivalence to the sadness her name represented to her. In paragraph four, Esperanza used a synecdoche to show that even though she inherited her great grandmother name, she did not want to follow the same path as her. Esperanza stated, “I have inherited her name, but I don’t want to inherit her place by the window “ (110). Her great grandmother was trapped in a compulsory marriage and longed for an escape. Esperanza was also teased at school she said, “At school they say my name funny as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth” (110). Meaning the kids at school had a difficult time pronouncing her
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