One of her famous novels, Woman Hollering Creek was a prime example of how a combined culture: Mexican-Americans, could show their pride and identity in this century.
This is a story written by Sandra Cisneros in her book Woman Hollering creek and other stories. The protagonist of the story is Clemencia tells the story of her life. She talks about her parent’s failed marriage that led her to a life of promiscuity. However, she falls in love with Drew a married man, and after he rejects her, she plots revenge by seducing the son. After the son falls in love with her, she makes her intentions known and in the process, the son ends up paying for his father’s wrong doings.
The narrative style has also been used to describe how she feels about the institution of marriage. She tells her lovers never to marry a Mexican including herself. This is evident where she says, “Besides, he could never marry me…Never marry a Mexican. Never marry a Mexican…No, of course not. I see. I see (109)”. She sabotages all her relationships by getting involved with married men meaning they will not amount to anything. Thus, she will never end up getting married. Throughout the whole story, Clemencia’s inner thoughts and feelings are expressed to the audience, and they are able to understand her better because of this narrative style.
The first person narration helps to convey meaning through bringing out the themes in the story. Themes such as hypocrisy, poverty and racism, are brought out by the narrator’s mother as she dissuades them from marrying Mexicans yet she is Mexican herself and is married to one. “Never marry a Mexican, my ma said once and always. She said this because of my father. But she was born here in the U. S. and he was born there, and it is not the same, you know.” (p. 109)
This action helps disintegrate the previously fragile bond between Clemencia and her mother whilst perpetuating the saying “never marry[ing] a Mexican” that plays subconsciously in Clemencia’s ever-churning mind.
Cisneros eludes Clemencia as a woman who appears proud of her Mexican heritage, yet knows not how the slanderous phrase “Never marry a Mexican” uttered from her well-meaning mother’s trusty lips about Clemencia’s own Mexican father negatively foreshadows her seedy life and gloomy world perspective later down her destructive journey of adulthood.