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What is a summary of "Straw Into Gold" by Sandra Cisneros?

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lolfcb | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 17, 2009 at 9:18 PM via web

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What is a summary of "Straw Into Gold" by Sandra Cisneros?

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megboland | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 17, 2009 at 11:00 PM (Answer #1)

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In Sandra Cisneros' autobiographical short story she explores the advantages of overcoming "impossible" obstacles.  Cisneros discusses a number of different obstacles that she has overcome in her life, ranging from being asked to make tortillas at a dinner party, a task she has never learned or performed, to overcoming cultural expectations, both in her own mind and in her family.  Cisneros explores the difficulties of overcoming obstacles throughout her life, recognizing that obstacles come in a variety of forms, including poverty, transience, and self-doubt.  The story explores the difficulties that she has faced during her life, but the focus is on the lessons, knowledge, and confidence that emerged from her conquering her fears and taking on the obstacles, emerging ready for the next obstacle to appear. 

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