Fool's Fate: The House On Mango Street

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Summer Assignment Robin Hobb once wrote in Fool's Fate that "Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone then all you can see is what is not there anymore." (Hobb,R.n.d. "Quotes about Family". August 7,2015. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/family?page=2) Hobb tells us that we shouldn't have a fixed idea about home and we should enjoy it while we have it, because one day we may go back and not see our idea of family. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros gives us insight into an unique family, they weren't the smartest or the richest, they had to constantly move houses due to problem that they couldn't control. For instance, in listening to the podcasts you come to learn that some of the kids…show more content…
Esperanza, the narrator many times expresses how she wished she lived better. Either in a different community or had different people living around her. Esperanza said "Those who don't know any better come into our neighborhood scared. “They think we’re dangerous. They think we will attack them with shiny knives. They are stupid people who are lost and got here by mistake.” (Cisneros, Sandra. “The House on Mango Street.” Vintage Books, 2013-04-30. iBooks.) Esperanza knows the truth and that most people in her area wouldn't do such a thing, she just wishes that people wouldn't think that. She felt liked the community she lived in was looked down upon because of the people who lived there. Likewise, Sam and Sydne on Radio Rookies experience something like Esperanza but not only in their community but at school too. Sam and Sydne live in New York and being Mexican wasn't easy for them, she would try to stay true to her culture at school but people would get mad at her. Sam went home and interviewed her brother and asked him little brother why he doesn't want to speak Spanish and he simply responded with an " I don't like it."She was confused because she said when she was younger there wasn't as much negativity to Latinos as there is now. "(This is America, Speak English. Narr. Sydne Brown, Sam Diaz. Radio Rookies. WYNC. WYNC. June 27, 2013. Web Site. August…show more content…
(n.d.). Midwest Raíces. Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street, 24-24) So maybe Esperanza experience seeing the fear in people who drove through her neighborhood, because the people driving through didn't know what to expect or they had seen or heard negative things about Latinos. They either believed what they heard or didn't want to be the first to find out what could happen. Esperanza then takes the situation lightly by jokingly saying “But we aren’t afraid. We know the guy with the crooked eye is Davey the Baby’s brother,”(Cisneros, Sandra. “The House on Mango Street.” Vintage Books, 2013-04-30. iBooks.) If the people only knew them they would have a need to fear because they were just like
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