The story “Never Marry a Mexican” by Sandra Cisneros is a short story that is told by a woman named Clemencia. The story starts off by Clemencia remembering a time where her mother told her to “Never marry a Mexican” (Cisneros 68). Clemencia goes on to explain how her mother married young and how different her parent’s upbringings were from each other. Her father being born in Mexico and her mother being of Mexican descent as well but American born. Their relationship later leads to infidelity as her mother begins to see another man from her work as her father was sick in the hospital. Clemencia states her mother doing this is something that she cannot forgive. As the story goes on Clemencia does a similar thing as her mother where she sees a man while his wife is in the hospital giving birth to his child.
Infidelity and cheating is a topic everyone knows about and many people have dealt with before. Statistics show “Percentage of men who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had is 57%” (Statistic Brain). This statistic shows how over half of the men who were asked this question have already committed infidelity or have cheated on their significant other. While the percentage for men may seem very high the statistics for women are not much different from the men’s. The statistics show “Percentage of women who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had is 54%” (Statistic Brain). As you can see, the statistics compared between men and women are nearly the same with the percentage of men who have committed some form of infidelity being only 3% higher than women.
Midway through the story Clemencia speaks about a man named Drew. Drew was someone who she had hooked up with and seemed to have feelings for as well. She reminisces on times they had together. Clemencia states, “My skin was dark against yours. Beautiful, you said. You said I was beautiful, and when you said it, Drew, I was” (Cisneros 74). This is a moment which starts to show some more of her personal feelings towards this man. But later in the story years after she had already stopped seeing Drew she was at an art gallery one day when she ran into Drew and his new wife. Drew approached her and said hello and introduced his new wife and said the words “Ah Clemencia! This is Megan” (Cisneros 79). This simple sentence bothered Clemencia greatly to the point where when she got home, that moment and that one sentence is all she could think about, “All I could hear throbbing under the washcloth in that deep part behind my eyes: This is Megan” (Cisneros 80). This line shows how Clemencia still may have feelings for Drew and is beginning to show some of her jealousy and anger that is expressed later in the story.
As the story continues, you really start to see how Clemencia is as a person by her proving what she has said about herself in the beginning of the story. Clemencia states,” I’ve witnessed their infidelities, and I’ve helped them to it” (Cisneros 68) She continues by saying “I’ve been accomplice, committed premeditated crimes. I’m guilty of having caused deliberate pain to other women. I’m Vindictive and cruel, and I’m capable of anything” (Cisneros 68). Clemencia later goes on to explain how she enjoys hooking up with married men and it even brings her joy to do so, “It’s always given me a bit of crazy joy to be able to kill those women like that, without their knowing it. To know I’ve had their husbands while they were anchored in blue hospital rooms” (Cisneros 76-77). By this point in the story you can really see her true colors as she does not really care about anyone else’s emotions other than her own. She then continues her story and begins to show some of her vengeful and petty nature as she hides gummy bears around in Drew’s house after she had just hooked up with him. Clemencia goes on to hide the gummy bears in places she knew only his wife Megan would find them, such as in her makeup and her personal items (Cisneros 81). Her doing this left her feeling good “I got a strange satisfaction wandering about the house leaving them in places only she would look” (Cisneros 81). Then she continues on with the rest of her story never feeling guilt or regret about anything she has done. Yet she still thinks of Drew and his wife after all of this has happened, “These mornings, I fix coffee for me, milk for the boy. I think of that woman, and I can’t see a trace of my lover in this boy, as if she conceived him by immaculate conception” (Cisneros 82).
Sandra Cisneros story “Never Marry a Mexican” is a story revolved around Clemencia who is a very intricate character. The story covers her past and how she was raised all the way to her present and what her character has developed into. She starts out by being unforgiving of her mother for dating another man while her husband was dying in the hospital but then as she matures Clemencia does nearly the same thing. Though instead of cheating on her significant other behind their back she cheats with married men behind their wives’ backs. Her actions were clearly not something to be proud of but they may not all be completely her fault. In some ways people may see her upbringing, the way she was raised and how she saw her mother do something similar to what she does as an adult be some reasoning behind her actions.
Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. Vintage, 1991.
Statistic Brain. Infidelity Statistics. September 7, 2016. Accessed October 29, 2017 http://www.statisticbrain.com/infidelity-statistics/
Vkool. 8 Signs of Infidelity in Marriage. April 22, 2017, Accessed October 30, 2017