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In "Straw Into Gold: The Metamorphosis of the Everyday," why do you think Cisneros makes an allusion to the "Rumpelstiltskin" tale in her essay?

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In the Rumpelstiltskin story, a girl must turn straw into gold or be executed. This seemingly impossible task is achieved with the help of a creature named Rumpelstiltskin. In Sandra Cisneros’s essay, “Straw into Gold: The Metamorphosis of the Everyday,” Cisneros does the seemingly impossible. She takes her lived, everyday experiences and, with the help of her imagination, makes stories out of it; the stories are her “gold.”

She first uses the allusion to the fairy tale to describe an experience she had making Mexican food with friends. The friends assumed that because she is of Mexican descent that she would know how to make corn tortillas, so they bought the ingredients (the straw) and asked her to make the tortillas (the gold). Like the girl ordered to spin the straw, she felt trapped by this impossible demand. She had never learned to make tortillas. She compared this process to writing an essay for her MFA exam, again, another seemingly impossible task for a writer who was...

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