Eleven By Cisneros Analysis

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Misleading discernment of Age, authority, and respect. After reviewing and reflecting on both readings, Cisneros's "Eleven" and Hughes "Salvation," these stories describe the lives of two different children in diverse environments who live the similar situations of pressure and embarrassment. The emergence in both stories of pressure and degradations are met by both children from people they look up to and should feel safe around them.
It is clearly noticeable that the factor of obedience and respect to our superiors in an issue underlined in both stories. The situation seems to be the same for both children as they navigate life in reverence and respect for specific adults in their lives. This issue is seen in any cultures in our
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This fictitious acceptance drives Hughes through the valleys of guilt as he lied to his aunt the priest and the entire congregation. He feels heartbroken that Jesus never physically appeared as his aunt said and that he had lied due to the pressure he felt from his superiors who expected the acceptance from him. The following illustrates his feelings: "That night, for the first time in my life, but one since I was a big boy twelve years old - I cried. I cried, in bed alone, and couldn't stop. I buried my head under the quilts, but my aunt heard me. She woke up and told my uncle, I was crying because the Holy Ghost had come into my life and because I had seen Jesus. But I was crying because I couldn't bear to tell her that I had lied, that I had deceived everybody in the church, that I hadn't seen Jesus, and that now I didn't believe there was a Jesus anymore since he didn't come to help me." (Hughes, 205)
In Cisneros's "Eleven" and Langston Hughes "Salvation" the main characters lived situations that as children were detrimental, humiliating and completely unsafe for children. It is important that children have a solidified sense of security which would serve as the foundation for growth in the future years. However, these children felt the sense of insecurity, pressure, and humiliation of people who were deemed to provide a secure ambiance for them. Rachel struggles with her teacher at the school and Hughes struggles at

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