The story starts out with Cleofilas looking back and remembering what her padre told her when he said, “I am your father, I will never abandon you.”
Throughout the story Cleofilas was curious on why the creek behind her casa was named La Gritona (Woman Hollering).
Cleofilas was in an abusive relationship, and she had to try and “remind herself” regularly on why she loved him. However, at the end of the story she told her doctora she needed help and was taken back home to her padre.
2. Cisneros also used symbolism throughout the story. The creek in the story is unfamiliar and scary, as well as Cleofilas life without her husband. Therefore, the creek in the story is symbolic for Cleofilas life without her husband.
Example: The last two sentences in the story is, “Then Felice began laughing again, but it wasn’t Felice laughing. It was gurgling out her own throat, a long ribbon of laughter, like water.”