Eleven

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In the short story, “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros, a young girl is describing her 11th birthday at school. The girl, whose name is Rachel, offers her opinion of how she doesn’t any different on her birthday then the day before. In the story, Mrs. Price, falsely claims Rachel of owning an ugly red sweater. In this short story, the symbolism used in the 5th paragraph in where she wishes she was a hundred and two then eleven as she would have known what to say to the teacher Mrs. Price when Mrs. Price put the red sweater on her desk. Showing that being a hundred and two you’d have entirely more knowledge then an eleven year old. This meaning entirely relates to the story as early in the passage, as when Rachel is describing on how you never really feel how old you are when you turn the next age. You don’t feel as smart in the age you’re in until you’re towards the next age. You get smarter as you age on is what Rachel is trying to get across. Throughout the passage you see the red sweater as a symbol. The sweater can be seen to symbolize the power other people have over Rachel. Say we see the classroom as a mini-social sphere, then it becomes obvious that Rachel doesn’t have much of a say on how things are going to go down. Mrs. Price sets the sweater on Rachel’s desk, and even though it doesn’t fit, smells of cottage cheese, and repulses her with the germs that are not hers. The powers others hold over you can be both scary and surprising, as we see is the case with Rachel and the red sweater. The imagery seen in the story is red. Everything red in the story is associated with two things: embarrassment and the sweater. Rachel thinks of the sweater as “a big red mountain” when it’s sitting on her desk, and later she imagines the complete day as a “red balloon” that she wishes would just fly away. Usually, red in any story plays its traditional connotations of love or…...

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