ONE HOLY NIGHT SANDRA CISNEROS PDF

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The speaker in "One Holy Night" is an eighth-grade girl living in Chicago with her grandmother and uncle, immigrants from Mexico. He lived in a room above the garage where he worked, and in a few weeks, she went there with him. He showed her many weapons, and they made love. When she went home that night, she forgot to bring the pushcart and made up a story about its being stolen. She was not allowed to leave the house then, and by the time her grandmother learned the truth, Boy Baby had left.

Then the narrator found that she was pregnant. They learned Boy Baby had a sister who was a nun in Mexico; the sister did not know his whereabouts but revealed that his real name was Chato meaning "fat-face" and that he was from a poor peasant family with no Mayan blood.

The narrator's grandmother sent her to cousins in Mexico to have her baby; while still waiting for its birth, she has learned that her beloved was recently arrested for the serial killing of women.

This girl tells the story of another Patricia, slightly younger, who went missing at the age of The family of the missing girl advertised for her to no avail; then a body found in a ditch was identified as hers. Here the simplicity of the child's vision and emotion gives way to the complexity of adolescence in the relative complexity of these stories, in which the themes are love and sex, birth and death, truth and lies.

For "Ixchel," there are two realities, one sacred and one profane, and she has chosen the sacred one with its mythic truths. The reader may wonder, but she does not, why "Chaq" shows her knives and guns but does not kill her as he apparently has killed other young women. In the conventional, ordinary world, there is no resolution to her story — or rather, there is the same resolution as her mother found: "Ixchel" will raise her baby and go on with her life, with no one but her friends Rachel and Lourdes knowing her secret and probably understanding it as imperfectly as the reader does.

In the world of the sacred, "Ixchel" will go on believing the truth of what "Chaq" told her and of what happened to her on that "holy night. But by the magic of naming, which Patricia C.

The dead girl, too, is another double a triple? That means that, on a symbolic level, what happens to one happens to all three. In one sense, Patricia B. While "Ixchel," in the previous story, has an intuitive faith in the mythos of her parents' culture the "truth" told her by "Chaq" to sustain her, Patricia B. And while "Chaq's" lies to "Ixchel" represent at least to him and her something mythically truer than the facts, Patricia B.

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The speaker in "One Holy Night" is an eighth-grade girl living in Chicago with her grandmother and uncle, immigrants from Mexico. He lived in a room above the garage where he worked, and in a few weeks, she went there with him. He showed her many weapons, and they made love. When she went home that night, she forgot to bring the pushcart and made up a story about its being stolen.

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Sandra Cisneros. N AME :. D ATE :. About the truth, if you give it to a person, then he has power ov er you. And if someone gives it to you, then they have made th emselves your slave.

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Characters Ixchel is a naive thirteen year old girl who is taken advantage of by a man who deliberately lies about his life to lure her in. She overlooks all the bad signs in order to live out her ideal of a real love. Chaq , or Boy Baby, is a thirty-seven year old man who lures young girls in and lies about himself, takes advantage of them, and kills them. He feels that lying is a form of power and control over the girls. He tells her amazing stories about himself while she listens in awe. Eventually, Boy Baby makes Ixchel pregnant and he disappears.

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The stories mention going to school with friends, spending birthdays with the family, and locations of neighbors. In a funny way it feels as she is feeding me chisme as we are sitting down drinking coffee. The story I found myself sucked into was One Holy Night, a young girl helping her family with spending the weekend working while falling in love. Chaq Uxmal Paloquin is a so-call Mayan with royal blood that lives behind a repair shop and likes to shop from the pushcart on Saturdays to talk to our character.

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