One of the main themes in The House on Mango Street is E. acknowledging her name and mango street as part of her self identity. At the beginning of the novel E. struggles to identify with her name. She describes her name as different from herself and does not want to accept her name as part of her identity. In chapter one of the book E. talks about how she does not feel connected to her name but rather detached "In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters .It means
I believe the structure Naylor used to tell her story - having each person’s background, one after another, told without disruption - is appropriate for it does not disrupt the flow, as it would if the perspectives were alternated between the characters a multitude of times. The search for a home is one of the main themes of this novel. Each woman’s individual voice reinforces this theme as each woman had gone through some circumstance that forced them to move to the impoverished Brewster Place neighborhood. One of these woman, for example, was Mattie whose son, Basil, was just arrested. After hearing the conditions of Basil’s cell, she asked her lawyer, “I’ve got my house; it’s mine and paid for.
Just as Esperanza expresses her distaste for her shabby new house in the vignette “House on Mango Street”, she also exhibits a strong desire for her own home, stating “I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to” (Cisneros 5). Esperanza’s dream of owning her own house, derived from her dissatisfaction with the impoverished nature of the house on Mango Street, illustrates that Esperanza’s dreams originate from her poverty. Similarly, Esperanza continues with this idea of owning her own house in the vignette “Bums in the Attic”, where after expressing resentment towards her family’s pitiful visits to a house they could never afford, Esperanza declares, “One day I’ll own my own house but I won’t forget who I am or where I came from” (Cisneros 87).
Esperanza’s identity and Her Thoughts on Growing Up. The House on Mango Street written by Sandra Cisneros. Sandra Cisneros tells a story about a girl named Esperanza, who is living her life on Mango Street, and the difficulties she faces about growing up and finding out who she is. In the beginning, Esperanza is not completely ready to grow up. She does not believe her name fits her, or the outcome of her destiny.
In the Vignett The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros the main theme was that no matter what trials life throws at a person, one can always prevail in the end by sticking to who they truly are.. From the beginning of the novel, the main character, Esperanza, is eager to belong, whether that is to a group of people or in the beginning a house. When her parents do get a house it’s not what Esperanza had imagined it to be, it did not fit what she thought a dream house would be like. Her desire to get out of Mango Street and become someone is her ultimate driving force in this book. Going through several events like rape, sexual assault and even witnessing abusive behavior towards women in her neighborhood all of these things encourages her to do better for herself. Esperanza’s childhood has been one with loneliness and sexual exploitation.
In the short story, “Geraldine Moore the Poet,” by Toni Cade Bambara, Geraldine Moore was the protagonist and lived in a poor neighborhood. Moore can be best described as perseverant and resilient. This was due to how she looked, acted, and felt about things. First of all, Moore was evicted from her home one day. The text states, “Geraldine was almost home when she stopped dead.
In this excerpt from the memoir, The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, she talks about life in her new three room apartment in Welch. The author of this text is trying to convey that poverty and bad conditions don’t make the person, you can still be something and do what you love. The author of this text uses characterization to show how you can still make life worthwhile regardless of your financial conditions or background. In this excerpt from the memoir, The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, she uses characterization to show you can still make something from nothing. One example that demonstrates point of view is “Shortly after we moved in, Mom, Lori, and I measured one another and tried to make our own dresses.” (153).
In The House on Mango Street, most of the characters presented are women living on the neighbourhood of Esperanza.They are described through Esperanza own perspective and by her own standards. The main protaganis of the book is herself.Throughout the entire book we learn about her and how she slowly evolves and grow up. She starts as a young teenager that doesn 't like boys that much, she isn 't interested in the idea of a relationship. She is really childlike at first but, then after following her friend Marin, Rachel and Lucy, she starts to grasp more about what it means to be a women. She starts as individualist although she wants to help her friends when they are in trouble She is ashamed of where she lives in the beginning of the novel but in the end, she understands that she has to involve herself in the community to improve the place, even if she is moving out one day, she should still come back to help her family and
Reflection What inspired your writing? My independent book, the Great Gatsby, and my grandparents inspired my writing. My independent book, The Color Purple, was a personal story of a young girl where she was able to find, throughout her life, confidence and her self worth. She stands up for herself and other women, by changing her life by becoming more independent. The Great Gatsby, also inspired my writing because it showed how different people viewed the American dream, and it did not have a set definition.
Response Paper to The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros The book The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is in most ways a typical coming-of-age novel. It deals with the growing up of Esperanza, a young Latina girl. In this novel Cisneros lets the reader take part in the life of a girl not only struggling with poverty and identity, but with everyday problems like friends, school, and boys. The first thing that impressed me was Cisneros’ ability to convincingly write from a teenager’s perspective. And I think it is quite different from other coming-of-age novels.