The genre and figurative methods applied by Sandra Cisneros in her short story “Eleven” are worth admiration. This is not a long piece of writing but in spite of its volume it accumulated great language power, emotional tension and philosophical value. The first-person speaking catches the reader’s attention at once because of the intimacy offered by the author to understand and feel what the eleven-year-old girl feels. Rachel is the author’s way to get an insight on innocence and lack of knowledge as the phenomenon that typical for any individual at the age of eleven. Bright personifications, comparisons and metaphors add the artistic merit along with the psychology tools of this short story. The reader has a lucid insight on the thoughts and feelings of Rachel, and finally the reader starts to experience the same emotions mixed with sympathy and compassion for the girl. A regular school class accident sets many questions in front of the main heroine and the reader who has an opportunity to watch everything with the eyes of the girl.
But the most impressive technique is the contrast between the age and the ability to self-express in Rachel. Although the emotions she experiences are typical for her age but it is the vivid expression of them that makes the reader puzzled. At first it seems like the author tried to hide her real age with a few strokes of childish language. However, Sandra Cisneros never tried to hide her mature identity – these memories give an insight into her own eleventh birthday. She is still the same person, in some ways, and that is why her philosophical challenge and sensor maturity seems organic with the entire picture of the story.
A short story “Eleven” is one of the most impressive pieces of writing of the same volume. It is the concentration of emotions, figurative language and rhetorical questions that still cannot be answered by the philosophers until now. It is definitely worth the reader’s attention.