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Ambition In The House On Mango Street

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The book The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a story about a girl named Esperanza. Esperanza is happy that she is finally moving into a new house, but it is not what she expected. Esperanza is in poverty meaning she doesn't have much money. The big house she was expecting wasn't in her favor. She moved into the house on Mango Street which is also located in what seems to be a bad neighborhood. However, inside of the neighborhood it's not bad what's so ever. Esperanza is a latina girl with big dreams to become a writer and to get a better house, and she wants to look up to her father. Knowing this Esperanza's identity as ambitious is greatly shaped by her poverty. One way Esperanza is ambitious is she wants…show more content…
From the text the author shows why she wants to become a writer. "I make stories of my life, for each of step my brown shoes take." I say, "And so she trudged up the wooden stairs her sad brown shoes taking her to the house she never liked." This proves that her poverty shaped how ambitious she is because she likes to write stories about her life. The sentence about her sad brown shoes shows that she doesn't have nice apparel. In addition she doesn't like the house she lives shows she is ambitious to better herself. Both of these sentences show that she want to get her story out to the public. Even though she does not have money to make her stories full of fun and fancy thoughts, but she is just writing about…show more content…
Her father works all day long and when he wakes up early to hear his father is dead. Esperanza thinks what she will do without her father and she doesn't know "Your abuelito is dead, Papa says early one morning in my room."my Papa, his thick hands and thick shoes, who wakes up tired in the dark, who combs his hair with water, drinks his coffee, and is gone before we wake, today is sitting on the end of my bed" "And I think to my own Papa died what would I do. I hold my Papa in my arms." This shows she is ambitious because she looks up to her dad who works hard to let her family live a good life. This shows that she is ambitious of her father. If she didn’t have a father she wouldn’t really anyone to look to. Some may argue that her neighborhood is a more important aspect of Esperanza’s identity than her poverty. They may assert that because the people in her neighborhood are the ones she can relate to the most. However, her poverty is what she has to live with and her actions will help her cope with what is to come in the future and the present. From wanting a better house, to striving to become a writer, and looking up to her hard working dad who isn't but different from her. These three reasons are what prove that Esperanza's identity as ambitious is shaped by her
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