Education In The House On Mango Street

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Everyone has dreams to achieve: some people want to be lawyers, doctors, or engineers. However, the only way to achieve those dreams is through education. In the story, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, both Alicia and Esperanza view education and writing as a way to a better life to achieve their goals, and how through education they can be free from poverty and Mango street.

First of all, Alicia is a friend of Esperanza, who because of poverty has suffered numerous tragedies throughout her life, and believes that through education she will be able to escape poverty and become free. Alicia is in a situation where her mother has died, leaving her alone to cope with poverty, and the only way out is through education. The text says, “young and smart for the first time at the University. Two trains and a bus because she doesn't want to spend her whole life in a factory or behind a rolling pin” (Cisneros 31). Ever since Alicia's mother has passed, Alicia has been learning to cope with poverty and realized that the only way out of poverty is through education. Alicia values education so much that it causes her to take two trains and a bus a day, only to get to
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Esperanza feels a great deal of disfavor towards Mango street and believes Mango street is not a place she should be. It states in the ext, “Four Skinny trees. They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city.(Cisneros 74) Esperanza is relating herself to four skinny trees because like the trees, she was obligated to move to Mango street. Esperanza shows a great deal of dissatisfaction towards Mango streets and realizes quickly that the only way out of Mango street is toward
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