`` Brownies `` By Zz Packer And Eleven By Sandra Cisneros Essay

1142 Words May 14th, 2016 5 Pages
“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition- such as lifting weights- we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity” (Stephen Covey). In “Brownies” by ZZ Packer and “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros, each speaker develops over the course of the story by battling through different confrontations and conflict. In “Eleven” Rachel is disappointed about birthdays and what they embody. The story begins with Rachel describing how when you 're eleven you 're also ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, and one. As one grows, previous ages are still held inside of them, and sometimes those younger ages will unfold and show themselves. As Rachel is forced into an uncomfortable situation by her teacher, she begins to crack and the younger ages spill out causing her to cry. In “Brownies” the narrator, Laurel, attends a summer camp with her brownie troop. In this short story, two girls in Laurels troop continuously pressure the others into disagreeable situations such as fighting troop 909 over a falsified remark. In the short stories “Eleven and “Brownies”, the characters are considerably impacted by different social pressures along with their different physical surroundings in which they are forced to confront. The speaker in “Brownies” feels entrapped and begins to develop anxiety on account of her physical surroundings. The girls hold a secret meeting to discuss and develop their plan of attack against troop…

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