The presence of Alicia, a smart and hardworking first year university student who wants to attain a better life with her own hands without relying on anyone else, really inspires Esperanza to be an independent woman. “One day i will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me forever.” as Esperanza stated in the Chapter “Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes”. This quotations illustrates how Esperanza will leave Mango Street due to her years of hard work, strength in
Her tragedy is that she realises knowledge too late for her to have the agency to change anything. While Helga loses her agency, The Bloody Chamber shows the narrator to escape repression through the help of her mother. Knowledge is portrayed to be an end goal by both female protagonists and both give in when they come to difficult realisations. One interpretation is that the women are punished for seeking knowledge. Another is that they are faced with the result of not pushing themselves further once they arrive at the truths that sit uncomfortably with them.
It’s like, always wanting more than you have and you have to do something big about it to make the littlest thing happen. Esperanza and her family, Alicia, and Sally feel the similar way throughout the book. Esperanza and her family have been hoping for a long time to get this house that would be extensive to fit her whole family. Alicia is hopeful to become prosperous in her life. Then unlike the other two situations, Sally is hopeful to get away from her abusive home.
When talking about her lack of suitable best friends, Esperanza says, “Someday I will have a best friend all my own. One I can tell my secrets to. One who will understand my jokes without my having to explain them. Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor” (Cisneros 12). By describing herself as a “red balloon”, Esperanza invokes images of an object that is free and light.
The House on Mango Street, is a series of vignettes about a girl named Esperanza who is around the age of twelve at the beginning of the book it goes through Esperanza’s struggles with her identity, as she grows older and matures the struggles are focused on finding a connection with someone, and close to the end of the book Esperanza struggles with the idea of staying on Mango Street and live a life like other people in the community. Maturing into an adulthood, Esperanza accepts herself and has her own house just like how she wanted throughout the book. In the book she also talks about the house she lives in, her name, heritage, even detailed information about the neighborhood she lives in and the residents in the neighborhood. You learn and read how much Esperanza observed her community and how important to her the house she lived in and reaching the goal of living in a house on her own. Through my creative piece I wanted to emulate the figurative language Cisneros uses and also tries to write about a well-observed community that is out of the box.
In the novel “ The House On Mango Street” , by Sandra Cisneros, the main character Esperanza views herself negatively regarding her place in the community, but slowly transitions into accepting who she is and where she comes from through life's experience. As Esperanza grows she learns the importance of where she at can help her find herself. Mango Street turns out to mean a lot to Esperanza and she wants to leave but she knows will be back, because Mango Street is where her home is ( Cisneros 3-110 ). Esperanza think negative about herself a lot, first she talks about the house on mango street ,“ A real house. One I could point to.
“I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (17). The quote above is from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This quote is said by Daisy Buchanan who was talking to Nick Carraway about her daughter. When Daisy made this statement she was talking about how she wishes her daughter to have less smarts and more beauty so she wouldn't have to worry about being cheated by her husband.
These women feel that they can be doing something better in their life, but there is someone who holds them back. Such as Alicia, one of the characters from the novel The house on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. She is a young girl who feels suppressed by her father. The father gives her a hard time while she wants to study. She has to cook and clean for him.
The irony of turning down one of these quilts before she left for college is lost on Wangero. Mrs. Johnson tries another tactic and tells her those quilts were promised to her sister Maggie, and Wangero states that Maggie cannot possibly appreciate them because she would put them to everyday use. When Mrs. Johnson hopes that Maggie will get some use out of them, Wangero is horrified at the thought of anyone using these suddenly priceless quilts. They are to be