Sandra Cisneros 'Short Story Eleven'

Words: 338
Pages: 2

In Sandra Cisneros' short story, "Eleven," the young girl, Rachel, reveals her frustration with being eleven years old. Through the use of simple comparisons and other literary devices, she presents the world through the eyes of a child. Cisneros successfully characterized the difficulties an eleven-year-old must endure.

Rachel describes growing older as 'like my little wooden dolls that fit one inside another." By using a metaphor such as this, Cisneros hides a profound thought behind the mask of a child-like, simple observation. Such a technique makes the idea more understandable to the reader and allows the reader to understand as Rachel does the one's age is a part of younger ages. A similar technique is used again when Rachel explains,