When Clemencia does despicable things in his story, one tries to think why she does them. By looking at her childhood and other past times in her life one can see that Clemencia is a very complex character. She has gone through a lot and her biggest influence, being her mother, is how she learned what she does. So, in the end the conclusion that seems to be most rational based on her impulses and complexities with the sociopathic tendencies that are shown in her text is that Clemencia was led down this path by her mother in her childhood.
Taking a step back and looking at Clemencia’s long history and what setting she lived in can help explain what caused her to do the things she did in the end. Clemencia’s father was from a poor Mexican family and was a very generous man still. While her mother was American born in the middle class. This story gives the reader a glimpse of what being Chicana, basically meaning to be in the middle of being a Mexican or American. So, for Clemencia to already to be put in a situation of not knowing where she belonged or if she belonged in any class which is further supported by her saying “I’m amphibious. I’m a person who doesn’t belong to any class” (Cisneros 55) has an effect on how she characterizes herself in the future by capturing her mother’s ways of cheating on her husband.
Clemencia’s mother is the one who she saw doing the affairs early on, so that gets directly connected to her actions in the future when she herself with do these things to a different family because she saw it as an alright thing to do as a child. Furthermore, it is in these words that one can see her desire for manipulations and other sick tendencies that relate back to her mother once again. Clemencia sleeps with her mistress families’ son who is barely finished with high school, plants gummy bears into all of the makeup of the wife, and in the details, it may not seem clear at first, but this is a mirror image of her mother’s actions. Her manipulation with the boy is shown through more sexual acts with him, further explained by her saying “I sleep with this boy, their son. To make the boy love me the way I love his father. To make him want me, hunger, twist in his sleep, as if he’d swallowed glass” (Cisneros 67). In this one can see she wants to be with the husband, but why? And what does her sleeping with the son, trying to make him love her, help with this goal?
It would appear that Clemencia is just a straight up sociopath. Throughout this chapter this character does many different things as previously discussed, and it makes it hard to tell what her motives are, but in the end it seems she does it for the satisfaction of just simply doing these things. The famous quote she has at the end of the chapter, “Human beings pass me on the street, and I want to reach out and strum them as if they were guitars. Sometimes all humanity strikes me as lovely. I just want to reach out and stroke someone, and say There, there, it’s all right, honey. There, there, there.” (Cisneros 69), shows that she gets more from all of this than just for personal gain at the husband’s wealth or for revenge. The character Cisneros created is doing these things not because she is really in control of this family, but because it gives her comfort.
“Cisneros gives the character power by feeling like she had control over the pregnancy and had a connection to the birthing.” (Vazquez). Sociopaths tend to be intelligent and think about things a lot. This relates to the Clemencia character as she thinks she is all in power and wants people to love her as she did with the son. Next, she gives herself self-satisfaction by telling herself that her and Drew should be together and that she should be with him. So, one must remember that the person who is cheating is just doing it for the risk and thrill usually, but don’t want to lose friends/family over it which is ironic because it is the trust that the person is breaking when cheating even if their partner doesn’t know, when they do it ends up hurting that person and creates drama.
Cisneros uses specific ways of making this character do provoke different interpretations from anyone who reads it, which makes for a number of reasons to why Clemencia does what she does, but in the end her specific desires and the way she does these things makes her out to seem like a crazy sociopath. In conclusion one must remember what Clemencia when through as a child being born as a Chicana with many brothers and an unstable mother. Her father figure seemed was the only good things she saw that influenced that side of her, unfortunately for she went down the same path as her mother did, but in the end, she find comfort in trying to move on from her lover. This story speaks to everyone their own way and that shows how powerful the writing Sandra Cisneros makes it to be with the ways she makes the reader feel about what the character is doing and saying. At first her writing might seem weird and one might not like it, but first one has to understand the type of writing Cisneros does and that every story, even the super short ones, can have meaning deeper than the words in the paper give of at first. Her readings take consideration and critical thought to really find out the real message behind her stories. Never Marry a Mexican has many interpretations, but in the end the character Clemencia is looked at as a bragging mistress, but there is much more to her than there seems at first as she went through many distinct things that lead her down the path she followed in this story.
Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek. 1991.
Vazquez, Moises. Sandra Cisneros. n.d. <https://dwwproject2012.weebly.com/never-merry-a-mexican.html>.