Woman Hollering Creek

by Sandra Cisneros

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What are three examples of women finding their own agency in "Woman Hollering Creek"?

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Sandra Cisneros's story “Woman Hollering Creek” provides several examples of women finding and determining their own agency. Let's look at some of them.

Cleofilas finds herself in an abusive marriage, and she is trapped. She thought that she was going to escape from the demands of her father and brothers by marrying Juan Pedro, but now he controls her. Cleofilas wants to go home to her father, but she does not know how to do it. When she becomes pregnant with her second child, Cleofilas begs her husband to let her go to the doctor for the sake of the baby. She promises that she will say nothing about her bruises and lie if the doctor asks, but she is, without even knowing it, setting up for her escape.

The nurse at the clinic immediately recognizes the signs of abuse, and she takes the matter in hand at once and calls her friend Felice. Here is a woman who is determined to help Cleofilas. If Felice cannot drive Cleofilas to the bus, the nurse will do it herself, but she knows that Cleofilas must be on that bus before her husband gets home from work.

Cleofilas takes the chance she has been given. She makes the decision to leave right that day and goes with Felice. She finally begins taking charge of her life with the help of two strong women. In fact, Felice is a woman like Cleofilas has never met before. She is bold and confident, in charge of her own life. She can yell as she likes and drive her pickup truck and laugh. And finally Cleofilas laughs with her.

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