Sirena selena pages 52-107. By Mayra santos-febres . By: Sabryne and Amber. Background info. On author Mayra Santos-Febres . Born in 1966, of Puerto Rican descent Is currently an Associate Literature Professor at the University of Puerto Rico.
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By Mayra santos-febres
By: Sabryne and Amber
Why do you think Sirena admired/ idolized Valentina so much?
Could there be underlying reasons rooted in her childhood? Perhaps a result
of not having a mother to look up to?
1) Do you see any differences between Martha and Valentina?
2) Does Valentina seem more maternally and emotionally involved with Sirena?
3)Does her love seem conditional or unconditional? Does this seem more like a business relationship?
Do you think that Sirena Selena’s rooted issues of abandonment and lack of security have in some way led to her current lifestyle?
2) Do you think that in some way, she fulfills the desire to feel loved and comforted by sleeping with different men? Or does it just have to do with making money and surviving?
What about Abuela’s boleros gave him his spirit back? Why do you think this happened?
What do you think his grandmother is symbolic of , or rather how is she represented in the life of Sirena Selena?
“Maybe the party will let Hugo out of the bad mood he’s been in for months now. What is going on with him? Nothing seems to suit him lately. Who know, maybe he’ll be impressed with how careful and efficient I’ve been….and finally he’ll be happy. Who knows, maybe after the guests leave, he’ll want to….where did I put my lingerie? I should take it out and leave it on the bed…just in case.”( Febres 74)
Without heels I couldn’t walk from here to the corner, not even if I had a gun to my head. “It took so much work to learn the difficult art of mastering the stilettos and the thin straps, at the beginning of her transformation. A whole year it took her to forget the mannerisms of the Pentecostal youth she once was; to learn about glamour, begin collecting dainty poses, the eyelash-batting, the smiles of famous singers, the undulating runway walk, until she found the perfect combination of her new identity” (Santos-Febres 90)