Signs Preceding the End of the World

by

Yuri Herrera

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Makina’s Little Sister Character Analysis

She never appears in the book, but Makina worries constantly about her safety and her future. Her desire to offer her little sister guidance and support is one of Makina’s primary motivations for wanting to return home to Mexico (unlike her brother). Throughout her journey, Makina carries her little sister’s drawing of their family in her backpack.

Makina’s Little Sister Quotes in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The Signs Preceding the End of the World quotes below are all either spoken by Makina’s Little Sister or refer to Makina’s Little Sister. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the And Other Stories edition of Signs Preceding the End of the World published in 2015.
Chapter 3 Quotes

Rucksacks. What do people whose life stops here take with them? Makina could see their rucksacks crammed with time. […] Photos, photos, photos. They carried photos like promises but by the time they came back they were in tatters.

In hers, as soon as she’d agreed to go get the kid for Cora, she packed:

a small blue metal flashlight, for the darkness she might encounter,

one white blouse and one with colorful embroidery, in case she came across any parties,

three pairs of panties so she’d always have a clean one even if it took a while to find a washhouse,

a latin-anglo dictionary […],

a picture her little sister had drawn in fat, round strokes that featured herself, Makina and Cora in ascending order, left to right and short to tall,

a bar of xithé soap,

a lipstick that was more long-lasting than it was dark and,

as provisions: amaranth cakes and peanut brittle.

She was coming right back, that’s why that was all she took.

Related Characters: Makina, Cora, Makina’s Little Sister
Page Number: 51-2
Explanation and Analysis:
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Makina’s Little Sister Character Timeline in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The timeline below shows where the character Makina’s Little Sister appears in Signs Preceding the End of the World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Water Crossing
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
The Power of Language Theme Icon
...the only person who can properly run the switchboard in all three languages, and where her little sister needs her guidance. (full context)
Chapter 3: The Place Where the Hills Meet
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Family, Heritage, and Sense of Self Theme Icon
...nice white blouse “in case she [comes] across any parties,” extra clean underwear, a dictionary, her little sister ’s drawing of their family, soap, lipstick, and “as provisions: amaranth cakes and peanut brittle.”... (full context)