“One Holy Night”. Hispanic American: Sandra Cisneros The story was definitely not a happy one, and the way it was written at the end made it seem a little bit. Sandra Cisneros Character Analysis Ixchel” (“One Holy Night”) and “Ixchel,” the narrator of “One Holy Night,” who is in some ways herself a child, in others. 17 Sep One Holy Night by Sandra Cisneros Summary Power of Language Point of View Parallel’s between characters. Other Characters Love Allegory.

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Why do you think Ixchel became so attached to Boy Baby?

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Unable to talk, he used to keep a harmonica in his mouth at all times. A Home goly the Heart: Eventually, Boy Baby makes Ixchel pregnant and he disappears. Why do you think Boy Baby does not kill Ixchel, even though he killed so many other girls? Themes and Colors Key. Interviews with Writers of the Post-Colonial World. Constrain to simple back and forward steps.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. It also intrigued me how when she was younger she had read about a man in Peru that was seducing and killing young girls.

A letter arrives from the convent. Characters Ixchel is a naive thirteen year old girl who is taken advantage of by a man who deliberately lies about his life to lure her in. Here are the highlights and my rambling commentary. You are commenting using your Twitter account. This may be what protected her from Boy Baby, for if he is rightly accused of multiple killings, he certainly had every opportunity to kill “Ixchel” when she went with him to his apartment, when he wept and showed her an entire arsenal of guns and knives.

Even upon finding out that Boy Baby is a serial killer who preys on young women like herself, Ixchel remains in love with him.

When her grandmother takes her out of school, she is happy to be staying home, learning to do fancy crocheting. The archetype of the victimized woman Ixchel, in this case is another theme that comes through clearly in all of Cisneros’ stories.


She identifies with all women and speaks to her curious little cousins in Mexico as if they were inhabitants of another world, light-years away nlght hers. My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class.

Love Identity Holj First person Every individual has their own personal bias What was Ixchel’s goal in telling cisners story this way? Send this link to let others join your presentation: Removing book from your Reading List will also remove any bookmarked pages associated with this title.

But Lourdes says it’s not that way at all. Link to outside article used: She describes her lover, Chaq Uxmal Paloquin, who claims to be descended from Mayan kings, and explains that her grandmother, Abuelita, has burned her pushcart and chased Chaq away with a broom.

Sandra Cisneros – “One Holy Night”

Or if it even does. As the story ends, the narrator is waiting in Mexico for niggt baby to be born. How does One Holy Night identify love? Cisneros also uses an ironic blending of Christian and pagan imagery and allusion to provide depth and to demonstrate the sense of continuity felt by the narrator. A reply is long in coming. Finally a letter arrives from a convent in Tampico, and Abuelita sends an inquiry. The mother had a similar initiation and was sent from Mexico to the United States; Chaq, who was to bring change, brought only more of the same, as the entire story confirms traditional human behavior.

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One Holy Night Summary –

Is she still in love with him at the end of the story? Seen from her grandmother’s point of view, “Ixchel” is a very young girl who has been taken advantage of by a bad man; the grandmother blames not her but her lover — and her uncle Lalo, who ought to have been working on Saturdays himself so that his niece would not have been exposed to the evils that can overcome a girl on the city streets.


Arte Publico Press, Ixchel confesses that she has never told anybody this story except her two friends Rachel and Lourdes. She has been brought up in a very traditional, old-fashioned but seemingly not terribly strict — and loving — Mexican style, against which she seems not to have rebelled at all, despite the fact that she is a young teenager living in Chicago.

Then something inside seems to bite her, and she whimpers softly, crying for another version of herself that seems to leap out of her body and run away forever.

One Holy Night Analysis –

C rightly pointed out that Boy Baby committed statutory rape. The story is only nine pages long, and it focuses more on mood and feeling than on specific details.

Adam Bede has been added to your Reading List! He claims to be descended from Mayan kings. He couldn’t talk, he just walked around all day with his harmonica in his mouth. Jussawalla, Ferosz, and Reed W.

I don’t think they know how it is to have to wait your whole life. Copy code to clipboard. Boy Baby arrives and buys a mango on a stick—every Saturday thereafter, he comes to buy fruit from the cart, telling Ixchel each time to keep the change. In this way, Cisneros spotlights the internal sandraa of coming of age, which sometimes expresses itself in abstract ways, proving that young people are capable of feeling intense and advanced emotions even if they hoy them inarticulately, as Ixchel does in this moment with the surreal image of a version of herself leaving her own body.

Left unsatisfied by absent mother and father, displacement, lack of identity. This site uses cookies. When the cisnerso from the convent does arrive, it brings the truth: