Three major concepts that Gloria Anzaldúa outlines in Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza are employed in order to determine the extent to which Clemencia, in Cisneros's short story, challenges traditional borderland gender ideology. Clemencia's alienation, which is caused by her relationships with her parents as well as through her liaison with Drew and her preoccupation with his wife, Megan, is reflective of Anzaldúa's assertion regarding the alienation of borderland Chicanas. That the psychologically conflicted Clemencia is unable to fully reconcile her identity dilemmas testifies to the deeply ingrained psychological and powerful social realities that Mexicanas since at least the time of Malinalli have had to endure in a male-dominated culture. Much as Clemencia's writing efforts suggest the possibility of her subsequent transformation, she has not yet been able to attain the New Mestiza identity that Anzaldúa advocates. “Never Marry a Mexican” constitutes Cisneros's dramatic attempt to present a tragic story of a young woman's desperate yet unsuccessful effort to forge an authentic identity in a culture that is resilient to change.

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