Linoleum Roses

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Lizzie R.
English 1B
October 15, 2012
Presupposed Life

“Linoleum Roses” by Sandra Cisneros is a short story about a girl who runs off and gets married at a young age. Sally decides to get married before the eighth grade to escape life at home, but her “escape” is not any better than the life she was living before. Sometimes young people can be ignorant to the world around them, and being young they don’t fully understand they’re consequences that their decisions have. Sally only substantiates what could happen when people make irrational decisions at a young age. This short story discusses a young girl who takes a chance at freedom only to realize that her decisions may have led her from one prison to another. “Sally says she’s in love, but I think sally did it to escape.” Sally chose to get married at a young age thinking she would be able to escape from life at home. Sally leaves her life at home for a chance at a new life. Her decision was not thought out carefully because she ends up being in an abusive relationship. "Sometimes her husband gets angry and once he broke the door.” Sally becomes trapped in an abusive relationship in her own home with a loveless husband. She “escaped” to get away from home and her family, but she only went from one prison to another. Her husband represents a father figure. Although she lives in her own house, she is still unable to do the things she wants to. She gets told what she can and cannot do. “She sits at home because she is afraid to go outside without his permission.” He tells her that she can’t talk on the phone, look out the window and he doesn’t like any of her friends so no one visits her. “She is happy….” Sally claims to be happy but just, as her birth father would have had authority over her to tell her what she could and could not do, her father is simply replaced with her husband she so quickly ran off to marry. Whether you’re an adult, a young adult, or a child,...
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