Character of Cerezita in Cherri Moraga’s “Heroes and Saints”: Facing Some Disability Models

Ali Mohmmad Alshhre


This essay investigates how Cherri Moraga’s “Heroes and Saints” depicts Cerezita character as a very ambitious and brave one. The essay analyzes how Cerezita with her disability faces and challenges all models of disabilities to reclaim her stolen body in order to live like other people in her society. She faces the medical, charity, superscript and moral models to not be under control of them. Furthermore, the essay explicates how these models can be dangerous and destructive for all people with disabilities if they give up on them.

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