Sandra Cisneros’s “Never Marry a Mexican” introduces readers to Clemencia. Cisneros eludes Clemencia as a woman who appears proud of her Mexican heritage, yet knows not how the slanderous phrase “Never marry a Mexican” uttered from her well-meaning mother’s trusty lips about Clemencia’s own Mexican father negatively foreshadows her seedy life and gloomy world perspective later down her destructive journey of adulthood.
Simply put, Clemencia’s relationship with her mother is "like [she] never had one" (Cisneros 131) especially during the final moments of her sickly father's life. When Clemencia's mom meets a white man during her father's hospitalization, Clemencia's mom instantaneously begins dating him. Why not? Owen Lambert is definitely not Mexican. Clemencia's mother seems to be in her own world as she completely disregards her life with her former husband and their children. This does not bode well for Clemencia as she holds a lot of resentment towards her mother, that will likely never resolve due to the fact that Clemencia's mom is not around in the world anymore. Even though, her mother may not be in this world anymore, Clemencia will always wonder why her mom did marry her father.
On the other hand, Cisneros depicts Clemencia to be a bit of a “daddy's girl", so the degrading way her mother talks about him as if Clemencia's father is “nothing but a showoff"(Cisneros 128) irks Clemencia immensely. Clemencia sees her father not as a showoff, but just like his things: "calidad. Quality” (Cisneros 129). Clemencia's father was not born in the US, so her own father views US Mexicans to be not on par with the Mexicans who originate from Mexico. In her father’s opinion Mexican girls" who didn't know enough to set a separate plate for each course at a dinner, nor how to fold cloth napkins, nor how to set the silverware” (Cisneros 127) are ridiculous. Clemencia knows not how to do these things.
When Cisneros begins to describe Clemencia's intimate life, Clemencia appears to be a femme fatale through the eyes of others. She has numerous affairs with married men but will never marry herself as Clemencia claims she's" too romantic” (Cisneros 127). Why is that? Does she not consider herself being able to love or have someone love her?
Drew, her longest lover, deeply affects Clemencia's sense of being in regards to her own...