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Im eleven ten nine eight seven six five four three two one In the short story Eleven Sandra Cisneross uses descriptive techniques such as similes and imagery to describe the fear and journey towards becoming eleven as well as forming a childish atmosphere through the eyes of Rachel These techniques assisted her in characterizing Rachel and helped her to engage the audience by making them feel as though they were in direct contact with her Prominent characteristics of Rachel that were enlightened due to these literary techniques included Rachels fear of turning eleven her precocious behavior her anxiety and her animosity towards celebrating birthdays In order to relate the abstract ideas of Rachel to concrete examples Cisneros used a literary technique known as similes Eleven includes this frequently used technique with the intention to elucidate certain ideas feelings or thoughts via other tangible items Because the way you grow old is kind of like an onion or the rings inside a tree trunk By relating an onion or tree trunk to age Rachel helps clarify to the audience that her meaning of aging is not only to be the age one presently is but also to comprise of hisher past years as well Only today I wish I didnt have only eleven years rattling inside me like pennies in a tin Band-Aid box Once again Cisneros uses this simile to enhance the readers understanding of Rachels apprehension and worries towards turning eleven By the means of linking nervousness an intangible feeling to a concrete idea of rattling pennies Rachels feeling of anxiety is illuminated and the audience can feel her concerns I wish I was anything but eleven because I want today to be far away like a runaway balloon like a tiny o in the sky The hatred of the day in which she turned eleven is so immense that she wishes it were so far away The audience only knew this
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