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Sandra Cisneros writing has been shaped by her experiences Because of her unique background she is very different from traditional American writers An important theme of her work is the heterogeneity of the Mexican-American community expressed through differences of class gender education and language use From the start of her life Sandra Cisneros didnt have what you or I would consider a normal childhood As a person growing up in a society where the class norm was superimposed on a television screen I couldnt understand why our home wasnt all green lawns and white wood like in the ones in Leave it to Beaver and My Father Knows BestGhosts She had a tough time believing her fate was to be spent in poverty so she looked for an escape An escape that led her to a book called The Little House which she would continually check out of the library as a kid It was her favorite because it contained her dream house one house for one family that was secure and lasting Throughout Cisneros life she was never allowed much time to get settled into one place or one home Her Mexican-American Mother her Mexican father and her six brothers were constantly moving between Mexico City and Chicago-where she was born Unable to establish lasting friendships and having no sisters forced Sandra to bury her loneliness in books In high school she began writing poetry and even took over as the editor for the literary magazine but according to her she didnt start to really write until her first creative writing class in college of 1974 After that it took her a while to find her own voice She said in her book Ghosts I rejected what was at hand and emulated the voices of the poets I admired in books big male voices like James Wright and Richard Hugo and Theodore Roethke all wrong for meGhosts At the Writers
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