Sandra Cisneros

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In the essay, "Straw Into Gold: The Metamorphosis of the Everyday," Cisneros used an analogy to the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin to help make her point. In the...

In the essay, "Straw Into Gold: The Metamorphosis of the Everyday," Cisneros used an analogy to the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin to help make her point. In the essay
"Cinderella's Stepsisters," Morrison uses a similar technique by discussing how Cinderella's
stepsisters treated her as a basis for a larger argument about how women treat one another.

Compare and contrast how Cisneros and Morrison used their analogies. In what ways did they use the technique the same? How did they use them differently?

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Cisneros' technique is similar to Morrison's in the sense that both are references to fairy tales, where the main protagonists are women who manage to transcend adversity and misfortune.

In Cisneros' essay, the title references the story of Rumpelstiltskin, where a miller's daughter (with the help of an imp named Rumpelstiltskin) manages to transform straw into gold and eventually marry the king. Cisneros uses the "straw into gold" analogy to highlight how she has blossomed from an awkward child into a successful and empowered woman. Her thesis is that every woman has the...

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