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Can I Come Out and Play Aging promotes the loss of childhood and innocence Little girls go from skinned knees and imaginary friends to runs in their pantyhose and boyfriends Sandra Cisneros The Monkey Garden addresses the emotions that occur during this drastic transition through the view of herself as a little girl This paper will discuss the authors central theme and plot the background of Cisneros and the downward spiral of American childhood The main theme of the story is that the transition from childhood to adolescence is not only uncomfortable but also painful This theme is revealed through The Monkey Gardens plot First the freedom of childhood is addressed As soon as the monkey leaves the garden the children gain a new playground Cisneros describes the garden in using great visual description There were sunflowers as big as flowers on mars anddizzy bees and bow-tied fruit flies turning somersaults and humming in the air She even describes the smells of the garden including the sleepy smell of rotting wood damp earth and dusty hollyhocks thick and perfumy like the blue-blond hair of the dead This vivid description of the scenes and aromas of the garden enable the reader to imagine what the garden is like and relate in the readers mind their own childhood haven Next Cisneros describes the actions and games which take place in the garden along with her own reasons for going there These games of jumping from roof of one car to another and pretend ing they were giant mushrooms addresses the limitless imagination of a child The children especially the author flocked to the safety of the garden in order to have a place to call their own a place to belong to in a confusing adult world Far away from where our mothers could find us When this freedom and sense of belonging is stripped from the author the results are deadly Not in the
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