House On Mango Street Character Analysis

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Humans naturally change, coming of age book “House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros is an example of change. Cisneros starts off this book by describing Esperanza as an immature young lady. Throughout the story Esperanza goes into a lot of risky experiences to discover her true self. Finally, she transforms into a girl that’s confident and aware of what’s going on around her. Through the novel “The House on Mango Street”, Esperanza is a young girl who suffered a lot and doesn’t know what to do, shifts into a young lady that knows her purpose in life.

The story commences when Esperanza is a young immature and insecure girl. She’s innocent, therefore her innocence makes her unaware of what’s going on around her. Her immaturity is obvious
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Her development starts to reveal itself in the story when she starts saying “A boy held me once so hard, I swear, I felt the grip and weight of his arms but it was a dream” (75). This quotation reflects her process because at the beginning of the story Esperanza sets out despising boys and now she’s dreaming about holding a boy. This makes the reader believe that Esperanza is starting to become a mature young girl. She’s having delusions about boys. Esperanza is gaining confidence and slowly pushing away her poverty and society, she’s trying to find anything so she can be distracted away from her reality and that gives her an incentive to become a mature young lady. Esperanza is slowly growing up and she feels responsible now for herself and even her family. When she stands up for her sister “That’s right, I add before Lucy of Rachel can make fun of her” (50). This is a conspicuous symbol of her sophistication because she stood up for her sister Nenny. She feels responsible, pledged and she doesn’t want her sister to go the same way she went. Cisneros is trying to emphasis for the readers that Esperanza is struggling for self-definition in every way
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