Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by

Sandra Cisneros

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Micaela (Michele) Character Analysis

The narrator of “Mericans.” Micaela is a tolerant young girl who puts up with her brothers, Junior and Keeks, as they horseplay outside the church where they’re all waiting for their grandmother, whom Micaela refers to as “the awful grandmother.” While playing, Micaela’s brothers tell her to pretend to be undesirable characters, and she doesn’t object because she doesn’t want them to exclude her entirely on the grounds that she is a “girl,” which she says has become their “favorite insult.” Finally tiring of her brothers, Micaela goes into the church and kneels beside her grandmother, but she can’t sit still.
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Micaela (Michele) Character Timeline in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

The timeline below shows where the character Micaela (Michele) appears in Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Mericans
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Young Micaela describes waiting with her brothers—Junior and Keeks—for their “awful grandmother” to emerge from inside a... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
...to be a fighter plane. “I’m a B-Fifty-two bomber, you’re a German,” he yells at Micaela, who doesn’t tell him that she’d rather play “flying feather dancers” because she’s afraid this... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
The inside of the church smells like incense, and Micaela wonders why holy water smells like tears. She stares at her grandmother beside her, who’s... (full context)
Female Objectification & Power Theme Icon
Cultural & National Identity Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Micaela sits outside, where Junior is talking to a foreign couple. Micaela can tell this man... (full context)