Paolo Pittenger 1/22/18 P1/2 “Eleven” and “Yellow Glove” LIT Analysis Clothing is worn and nothing more. But for some particular people, it is a roadblock to their mindset. Two characters are put into troublesome situations throughout their story. In the two stories, “Eleven” and “Yellow Glove”, both characters are put in a position that plays a bigger role than thought.
In “Eleven”, it is Rachel’s eleventh birthday. but in math class when her teacher finds an unclaimed sweater lying in the classroom closet she insists on it being Rachel’s and forces her to put it on. Meanwhile, in “Yellow Glove”, the character recently received a pair of yellow gloves for Christmas, when going outside to play one glove slips off and falls into the sewer current.
Based on the symbolism used in “Eleven” and “Yellow Glove” we can see that in both stories the symbols used are similar in many different ways. That includes(:), what they are, what they represent, and the fact that they are both unique symbols. In “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros, we get to appreciate the imagination of an eleven-year-old through a unique piece of clothing, this is used when “like pennies in a tin band-aid box” is used (Cisneros Paragraph #5). We can infer based off of this that it is easy for Rachel to relate her youth ages to a band-aid box because it is something she is familiar with.
Another example of Rachel’s youth age and imagination is used when describing how painful the crying is, this is stated when “like when you have the hiccups” then your head hurts, “like when you drink milk too fast”(Cisneros Paragraph #16). This is another example of Rachel’s connections to the world around her. Based on this we can conclude that in” Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros we get to understand the imagination of an eleven-year-old. Secondly, in “Yellow Glove” the simpleness and importance of a yellow glove to a poor child become relevant in our minds. One example from the text includes the fact that this child is simply overwhelmed by their one lost glove.
This glove means a lot to her family and she does not want them to become disappointed in her. Based on this we can see that when” I knew my mother’s eyes had tears they had not cried yet”(Shihab Nye Paragraph #3), she did not want to be the one to bring her family down. She desired them to stay happy while she dealt with it herself. This section of the text shows us immaturity, love to close others, and self-pressure. But most importantly the simpleness and importance of a yellow glove to a poor child. Based on the facts collected, we can now see that the characters are intimidated by clothing. However, there is much more to it then we see at first. these pieces of clothing each represent something more than what they really are (they are symbols).
They can tell us a lot about the story. In particular, these pieces of clothing are portrayed as more than they are because of the environment and setting they are set in. Most importantly the people they have put around. Based on other events taking place in “Eleven” and “Yellow Glove” both of our characters proceed to put more and more self-pressure on stress on themselves but they don’t realize how to deal with it.
The biggest example of this is stated throughout all of “Yellow glove” and parts of “Eleven”. In some way, every time the topic relates back to the stress and burden they have put on themselves. This implies the fact that in “Eleven” and “Yellow Glove” both of our characters are immature, irresponsible, and self-pressuring.
Based on the symbolism used in “Eleven” and “Yellow Glove” both stories use symbols that are similar in many different ways. That includes(:), what they are, what they represent, and the fact that they are both unique symbols. These stories show immaturity and irresponsibility, but each character is self-pressured. Overall the stories are very similar and unique at the same time. Clothing might not just be as simple as we presumed.