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Only Daughter Summary | BBS BA English

Only Daughter Summary | BBS BA English 

Only Daughter

-- By Sandra Cisneros
About Author
Sandra Cisneros was born in 1954 into a working family. She was the daughter of a Mexican-American mother and a pure Mexican father. Sandra spends much of her time in childhood shuttling between Chicago and Mexico City. Sandra is a Mexican writer, and most of her noble, essays, story, etc are written in the English language. Her best-known works are the novel "The house on mango street (1983)" and the short story collection "Women Hollering Creek (1991)".She has also published several collections of Nobel. In 2021, Cisneros publish her latest novel "Martita, I Remember You/Martia". She published many other noble, stories, poem some are mentioned below;
  • Bad boys San Jose Mango (1980)
  • The House on Mango Street (1983)
  • My Wicked, Wicked ways (1987)
  • Women Hollering Creek (1991)
  • Hairs= Pelitos (1994)
  • Loose Woman: Poems (1994)
  • Caramelo or, Puro cuento (2002)
  • Vintage Cisneros (2004)
  • Bravo Brune Italy (2011)
  • Have you Seen Marie? (2012)
  • A House of My Own (2015)
  • Puro Amor. Sarabande (2018)
  • Martita, I Remember You/Martia (2021)
  • Still-Life with Potatoes, Pearls, Raw Meat, Rhinestones, Lard, and Horse Hooves
Only Daughter is a biographical essay written by Sandra Cisneros. This essay was published in Glamour magazine in 1990. She describes the difficulties of growing up as the only daughter in a Mexican-American family of six sons.  Looking at history, in most cultures, sons are preferred over daughters, as reflected in the following proverbs.

In Dutch," A house full of daughters is like a cellar full of sour beer.
"In Scottish," Daughter pays no debts" 
In Chinese, "A stupid son is better than a crafty daughter." 
In Sanskrit, "Airtuous son is the sun of his family."

Short Summary Only Daughter
"Only Daughter" is an essay written by Sandra Cisneros. In the essay, she recounts her experiences as the only daughter in a family of six brothers. She says her father had high expectations from his sons and believed that women should stay home and care for their families. This made Cisneros feel invisible and unheard as a child.
Distracted by this, Cisneros found solace in writing and pursued a career in literature. She became the first in her family to attend to college and become a successful writer. She highlights the challenges faced by women in patriarchal societies and the importance of being free from gender roles to pursue one's passions.
This essay presents a powerful and personal reflection of the struggle, gender, identity, and struggle of being a woman in a male-dominated culture. It also serves as a tribute to the resilience of the human soul and the importance of pursuing one's dreams despite social expectations.

Long Summary Only Daughter
Only daughter is a biographical essay written by Sandra Cisneros. Sandra expresses the difficulties of growing up as a daughter among six brothers in contemporary Mexican society. 
Borning in 1954, Cisneros has a painful past of her childhood. An American-Mexican mother and a Pure Mexican father gave birth to her as their seven children. After she was born as the only daughter after 6th son. Then society could not accept daughters as family assets rather they are supposed to get married and they believed daughters are only good for household activities like; cooking food, taking care of children, looking house, etc. Sandra's father did not love her as much as her brothers. Sandra's father never said that "he has one daughter", he always said that he had 7 sons because her father was too shy to tell others that he had a daughter. Not only that, She expresses being the only daughter in a family of six sons, circumstances forced her to spend a lot of time alone because her brother felt it beneath them to play with girls in public, but she said, that aloneness and loneliness made her a good writer
When she was in fifth grade and want to share her plans for college with her father. She remembers her father saying, "Que bueno, mi"ja, that's good." She was very happy to hear her father's words. But her father thought college was good for girls especially to find a good husband.
After being hated, neglected, and abused, where she felt alone in her family, and this hated, neglected, abused, and alone later shaped her life and she became a professor and a strong woman writer/poet. She proved to her father and Mexican society that a daughter can be as successful as a son.

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