Mary Magdalene Cisneros Poetry Analysis

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Through her poetry, Cisneros beautifully illustrates the defiance within in her own character. She writes, "The mob arrives with stones and sticks/to maim and lame and do me in..All the same, when I open my mouth..they wobble like gin" (Cisneros). The first line historically alludes to Mary Magdalene and how she was to be stoned to death for committing adultery ; however, Cisneros takes this allusion reversing its original connotation underscoring her character as a woman who once she opens her mouth and says her piece, they falter under the force and truth of her words “ wobbling like gin” .
Furthermore, this poem is not only defiance but also acceptance, shown in these lines: "I am the woman of myth and bullshit. (True. I authored some