Step 5: the birthdays. "I'm eleven today. I'm eleven, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, and one" (Cisneros 2). Birthdays is an important noun because it keeps relating to her past and how all that merges when the sweater incident happens showing again how others have the power over her because she is different in a way and the sweater represents that.
The cake is the symbol in the story for happiness, comfort and release. Rachel refers to the cake whenever she is sorrowful.". I don't know why but all of a sudden I'm feeling sick inside, like the part of me that's three wants to come out of my eyes, only I squeeze them shut tight and bite down on my teeth real hard and try to remember today I am eleven, eleven. Mama is making a cake for me tonight, and when Papa comes home everybody will sing Happy birthday, happy birthday to you."
Step 2: ~" What they don't understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you're eleven, you're also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one." ~" and when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you except to feel eleven, but you don't." ~" everybody will sing happy birthday, happy birthday to you". ~" I'm feeling sick inside, like the part of me that's three to come out my eyes."
step 1 annotation: when you turn a different age you think your suppose to feel older,act older, and/or think as if you were older. And when something happens you feel like your suppose to know how to handle it. Like with the red sweater Rachel wishes she wouldve known wat to say.
r.Eleven r.Birthdays r.Three r.Ten r.102 a. "when you're eleven, you're, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one." a. "You open your eyes and everything's just just like yesterday, only it's today." a. "I wish I was one hundred and two." a. "Because the way grow old is kind of like an onion or like the rings inside a tree trunk "
CTC Step 2-Maria Teresa: "Minerva says keeping a diary is also a way to reflect and reflection deepens one's soul. It sounds so serious. I suppose now that I've got one I'm responsible for, I have to expect some changes" (Alvarez 30). The author uses this quote to show that Mate thinks that now that she has a diary to write in, she has more responsibility and that she will feel changes after writing.