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  • Laughter
  • "Ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!!!!"
  • Cathy Queen of Cats
  • Meme Ortiz
  • In the vignette, Laughter, Esperanza talks about how her and her sister, Nenny, and even though the two girls' don't look similar like lots of family's do, they have the same giggle. In this next piece of figurtive language the author discribes how Nenny and Esperanza have the same laugh. Esperanza says, "Not the same shy ice cream bells' giggle of Rachel and Lucy's family, but all of a sudden and surprised like a pile of dishes breaking" (Cisneros 17). The author discribes how Esperanza and her sister have the same laugh. Since the figurtive language the author used was a similie, she had to have the word like or as. This vignette and piece of writing relates to the theme of "releationships" because it talks about the similarites and differences between to people. This piece of figurative language uses a simile to describe how Esperanza and Nenny's laugh sound, and this vignette fits into the category of relationships because of how Nenny and Esperanza have the same laugh as each other. In other words, a family similarity.
  • In the vignette, Cathy Queen of Cats, Esperanza asks to be friends with the girl next door. Cathy agrees to be Esperanza's friend, but only till Tuesday. Cathy has many cats, for many of them do exotic things. In the next piece of figurtive language, the author explains how a cat looks using a simile. Esperanza says, " Cats asleep like little donuts" Cisneros 13) In this citation the author explains how some cats are asleep like donuts. This vignette and or figurative language ties in well with the theme of relationships/Esperanza's neighborhood because it talks about how Esperanza became friends with her neighbor Cathy. Since Cathy has many cats doing many different things, Esperanza decides to describe like a donut to show the shape of the cats while sleeping. All in all, this vignette and figurative language are a good explain of the author using a simile to describe something, and a good example of theme of neighborhood/relationships by using the new friendship between Cathy and Esperanza.
  • For the vignette, Meme Ortiz, Esperanza meets a new neighborhood boy. (Meme, the boy who moved into Cathy's house.) Esperanza and Meme start a new Tarzan Contest where Meme gets hurt. While Esperanza is indroducing Meme, the author uses a piece of imagery and a couple similes to describe how Meme and his dog look and act. Esperanza says, "The dog is big, like a man dressed in a dog suit, and runs the same way its owner does, clumsy and wild and with limbs flopping all over the place like untied shoes" (Cisneros 21). This citation fits well with my theme of the neighborhood and/or relationships. Since it talks about someone knew coming into the neighborhood and the friendship of Esperanza and Meme, it fits into the category of friendship/neighborhood. The author also uses great description to create an image in the heads of readers or also known as imagery. To conclude, the vignette and the piece of figurtive language help some of the vignettes have a common theme and to create a vision in the readers head.
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