A Vignette Study. House on Mango Street “Hairs” written by Sandra Cisneros.
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House on Mango Street
written by Sandra Cisneros
Everybody in our family has different hair. My Papa’s hair is like a broom, all up in the air. And me, my hair is lazy. It never obeys barrettes or bands. Carlos’ hair is thick and straight. He doesn’t need to comb it. Nenny’s hair is slippery- slides out of your hand. And Kiki, who is the youngest, has hair like fur.
This is an example of a simile, comparing two things using the word like or as.
Papa’s hair is coarse, rough, and sticking straight up. Imagine a broom, up on its handle…This is what papa’s hair looks like.
In your lifebook, please write your own simile describing your hair.
But my mother’s hair, my mother’s hair, like little rosettes, like little candy circles all curly and pretty because she pinned it in pincurls all day, sweet to put your nose into when she is holding you, holding you and you feel safe, is the warm smell of bread before you bake it, is the smell when she makes room for you on her side of the bed still warm with her skin, and you sleep near her, the rain outside falling and Papa snoring. The snoring, the rain, and Mama’s hair that smells like bread.
rosettes- (noun) an ornament shaped like a rose. Rosettes are often made of ribbon. Carved or molded rosettes are used in architecture.
ALERT: AUTHOR’S CRAFT, AUTHOR’S CRAFT
Repetition- The use of repetition is effective for many different reasons.
Think to yourself…In this example, what is the author’s purpose?
Find somewhere else in the text where the author uses the same craft. Does it serve the same purpose?
Think to yourself what that may mean?
Obey- to follow specific directions
Life Book Entry:
Now I would like you to draft your own vignette on your hair.
Use Sandra Cisneros’ example as a mentor for your piece.