Sandra Cisneros (1168 words)

  • Cristina Herrera (Claremont Graduate University )

Sandra Cisneros’s statement, “I am the only daughter in a family of six sons. That explains everything” (“Only Daughter” 119) sums up a prominent theme found in her fiction: women’s marginalization in a culture that places more value on men’s accomplishments. Cisneros clarifies her role within the family by adding that she is “the only daughter in a Mexican family of six sons,” and she believes her role as “the only daughter of a Mexican father and a Mexican-American mother or [...] the only daughter of a working-class family of nine [...] had everything to do with who I am today” (“Only Daughter” 119). This female struggle to define oneself amidst gender, ethnic, and economic limitations is …

Herrera, Cristina. "Sandra Cisneros". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2006
[, accessed 26 October 2016.]