Sandra Cisneros’s Modern Malinche
The article by Alexandra Fitts analysis Woman Hollering Creek through the lens of key feminine archetypes from the Mexican tradition:
- La Malinche in “Never Marry a Mexican”
- The Virgin of Guadalupe in “Little Miracles, Kept Promises”
- La Llorona in “Woman Hollering Creek”
For each section, the author provides background and research to understand the feminine archetype. She provides context and explanation to the archetype then analyzes the story to better understand the work that Sandra Cisneros is doing through her short stories.
This is similar work to what you should be doing. Analyzing a story through research and additional information in order to build a better understanding of the story.
Creating Structure. The structure of an analysis of literature can head in various directions. You can present a string of evidence to support a claim. You can examine similarities and differences. You can ask a question and explore ideas rather than a single point. In all these, you need to support a claim with reasons and evidence from the text.
You can think of these as the “chips and salsa” of a paragraph. The chips can be the reason supporting the claim and the salsa can be the textual evidence, quotes, lines, ideas, paraphrases, chapters, etc that support the reason.
- Introduction leading to claim
- First supporting reason + textual evidence
- Supporting reason + evidence
- 3rd, 4th, 5th supporting reasons + evidence for each
- Conclusion connecting the parts and making the argument clear. Answer the “So what?” question and give the significance. Why does this matter? Why should we care? What should we take away from your analysis? How does it help us understand the literary work better?
This is just one sample structure. You decide what the reasons and evidence are and how to organize the argument best. What do you need to so to prove your reading of the text?
Use a formal style.
Cite your evidence using MLA citations.
Workshop looking for structure and evidence, “Chips and Salsa.”
Find the chips for your essay and the salsa to make it good. Make sure you have the right amount of salsa for each chip.