Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez Character Analysis

Cléofilas’s husband in “Woman Hollering Creek.” Juan Pedro is a heavy drinker and an abusive husband, though Cleófilas strives to see the positive in him. Despite her efforts, though, he proves himself to be unworthy of her love—as a result, he loses his wife, his son Juan Pedrito, and the baby the couple is about to have.

Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez Quotes in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez or refer to Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez. 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:
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage Books edition of Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories published in 1991.
Woman Hollering Creek Quotes

They want to tell each other what they want to tell themselves. But what is bumping like a helium balloon at the ceiling of the brain never finds its way out. It bubbles and rises, it gurgles in the throat, it rolls across the surface of the tongue, and erupts from the lips—a belch.

If they are lucky, there are tears at the end of the long night. At any given moment, the fists try to speak. They are dogs chasing their own tails before lying down to sleep, trying to find a way, a route, an out, and—finally—get some peace.

Page Number: 48
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Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Woman Hollering Creek
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
As soon as Don Serafín gives Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez permission to marry his daughter Cleófilas and take her from Mexico to the... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
The first time Juan Pedro hits her, Cleófilas doesn’t even try to defend herself. Although she’s always vowed to herself... (full context)
Love, The Joy of Life, & Interconnection Theme Icon
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Loss, Longing, & Grief Theme Icon
...Cleófilas, his “fists try[ing] to speak.” When Cleófilas wakes in the morning and watches her husband sleep, or after they’ve made love, or when they’re sitting quietly at the dinner table,... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
...the oven” (a statement revealing that she’s pregnant once again). Confused, they’d ask, “Where’s your husband?” Indeed, she dreads the gossip that would swirl through the town. (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
While Cleófilas does the dishes one afternoon, she hears one of Juan Pedro ’s friends say that what she needs is to be taken sexually from behind. The... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
When Juan Pedro ’s out of the house, Cleófilas goes to the window and watches the telenovelas playing... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
Cleófilas insists to Juan Pedro that she has to go to the doctor’s to “make sure the new baby is... (full context)