Edna buys her new house and brings all her personal possessions along with her, which is different from societal beliefs. Edna becomes her own person and removes herself from dependence on Leonce which was against social beliefs as women were seen as possessions of men. She reads Emerson which builds her self-reliance and self-worth. This helps her create her own choices which tend to be heresies. It is ironic that the pigeon house represents freedom from society, because pigeon houses are small and trapped.
Her father’s standard, and further, the community's standard of women is too strong for Alicia to counter. As a result, she is never fully able to leave behind the life she does not want for herself. Yet another example of the sense of helplessness the women of Mango Street portray is found as Sally’s character is further developed; “Sally says she likes being married because now she gets to buy her own things when her husband gives her money. She is happy, except sometimes her husband gets angry and once he broke the door where his foot went through, though most
Her opposition to american incorporation can be seen as noble and brave, facing up to her husband and reality alike, but it holds her back to where she can never truly make progress. She goes as far as to have her husband paint her apartment pink: “but it’s not the same, you know. She still sighs for her pink house, and then I think she cries”(77). Mamacita’s very dreams are what hold her back, and the vain desire to go and see home again keep her from accepting her new life. Escape is a common theme throughout the female characters of The House on Mango Street, but it is probably Mamacita whose desire to escape is the most prominent, to the point where it is what unfortunately keeps her ‘trapped’ there.
Sally also shows these same trends of being forced to be a caregiver. It says on page 101 sally even gets less than that “Looking out the window is the last hope and pleasure of many of the trapped women of Mango Street, but Sally’s husband denies her even that.” The book The House on Mango Street is used in my opinion to show the impact of others around you, the impact of men on women just seems the most apparent. It shows how others before you can make you live life with such narrow vision, such little possible imagination, especially when you don't know what to imagine. Esperanza is different, that is how the author needed it, to show us that people can be different, that change is
However, Creole women were expected to be chaste, and would behave in a unreserved manner. The exposure to such openness is what frees Edna from her previously repressed emotions and desires and motivates her to become more independent. Because they are women, Adele and Edna do not have much freedom, as in comparison to men. However, Edna gains more freedom that is much closer to that of men when she abandons her household and social responsibilities. Edna’s refusal to follow and obey social conventions, allows her to spend her time on painting and sketching.
So she didn't really care about those people, but as Esperanza had to live the lifestyle of fear for deportation, she felt bad for the people who were deported. To sum it all up, Esperanza went from riches to rags, bratty to well behaved, and from not working at all to working very hard thanks to her experiences throughout the book. Looks like being poor was more beneficial than being rich. I think kids nowadays could learn a thing or two from Esperanza about working hard, not having an attitude, and respecting/ helping people not as wealthy as
Another vignette called “ Rafaela who drinks Coconut and Papaya juice every Tuesdays” shows imagery. “Rafaela leans out the window and leans on her elbow, dreams that her hair is like Rapunzel's”(73). Rafaela was betrayed and made the same mistake as the others, of marrying a man too early. Her husband tells her to not go out because he is scared that Rafaela will run away and he wants to keep her because she is too beautiful to look at. Every Tuesdays she leans out the window and sees women opening their houses and wishes she was like them.
Sally was beaten by her father earlier in the book and left Esperanza alone at the fair when a big boy came and took Sally. While she was waiting for Sally a guy grabbed Esperanza's arm and said that he loved her and kissed her so, Esperanza isn't friends with Sally anymore. Here Esperanza tells the reader that Sally, her old friend, got married. Sally claims she is in love and that she likes being married. She says “She is happy, except sometimes her husband gets angry… though most days he is okay.
Therefore, even though she struggles pushing through with her ethnicity, others have it just as hard as well, showing how different ethnicities can clash. The House on Mango Street is a good representative of how many young hispanic girls feel in America. Meaning that although something in one place may seem like nothing embarrassment come easy to them. Just like her house, and Mamacita, both scenarios don’t seem as bad as there are small fixes, but because of their culture it means something completely different. Everyone can learn from this book to be nice to everyone as you don’t know what their background
Calpurnia’s act of coexisting in two worlds is something the people of Maycomb do not accept in their social standards. She accepts white and black people even though she is aware of the risks involved with her actions. When Calpurnia acts differently than most people in her society, she disrupts society’s traditions of never mixing the two races. Although Calpurnia is pressured into living like the people around her, she continues to live her life the way she wants. Calpurnia knows that she cannot change the way everyone deals with society’s pressures, but by detaching herself from the cultural norms she is taking a step closer to