She grew to be more mature and reflective, by redeeming herself. In the last chapter, Martha dropped by Olive’s home, to give something to her mother. However, she realized she moved somewhere far away, but Martha knew a solution to the problem. She grabbed the bottle of ocean water, and used her finger to write Olive on the porch. The name dried up, in the sunlight as Martha gazed into the sky.
Bildungsroman: The House on Mango Street “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros is a coming-of-age tale that takes a look at the life of the protagonist, Esperanza. Esperanza is a brave girl who has lived through a lot, and all she wants is to be a part of a solid, friendly neighborhood and live in the house of her dreams. Throughout the vignettes, the reader observes Esperanza mature emotionally due to all of the trauma within her life. In many ways, the story of Esperanza can be viewed as a Bildungsroman novel because “The House on Mango Street” is all about the emotional development of Esperanza as she grows up on Mango Street.
By inserting the last paragraph, where Esperanza’s mom states, “Yup, I was a smart cookie then.” , Cisneros uses situational irony to highlight the naive and credulous mindset that plagued Esperanza’s mother throughout her childhood. Although I cannot personally relate to the destitute situation she was financially put through during her school years, it is possible for all of us to empathize with the feeling of someone always being “better” than us, in one way or another. This sense of fierce competitiveness can have negative or positive results depending on the specific person, and the circumstances in which that person is growing up. We saw the harmful repercussions of one-upmanship cause Esperanza’s mother to quit school, and lead her down a path to never fully reach her goals.
However, Esperanza’s negative view of herself slowly changes as she begins to focus on her larger community and her place within it. Through this, Cisneros shows that knowing and accepting where we have come from is an important part of growing up and determining who we are. In the beginning of
In Spanish, it means to many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color..."(Cisneros 10). The explanation of this quote is when Esperanza is describing her name into what it means.
Teenagers have always had a lot to say and all have their own unique perspective of the world. Esperanza, the main character of Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street, expresses many of her thoughts using figurative language. She lives following her Latino heritage, but still has her own interesting points. Cisneros uses the elements of personification, hyperboles, and similes to properly describe Esperanza’s perspective of her life. The use of personification shows the deeper view and meaning of things Esperanza senses in her life.
What people don't realize is, that a person difference should not hinder them in anyway but be accepted and celebrated. But often time it is easier said than done. Carla was bullied at her second school by a bunch of boys because she was developing in ways that the boys thought was funny and they ridiculed her for it. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” (Eleanor Roosevelt) which Carla gave without trying to stop the boys teasing her by telling the teachers or her parents so that the problem could be fixed. Not only is it difficult to learn a new language but to try to adjust to a new environment as well.
The story The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a story representing a substantial amount of themes to represent copious different ideas. The main character is a girl named Esperanza coming of age and she often describes herself and her street in vivid details. Throughout the story, Esperanza goes through numerous different perspective altering events throughout the story that shape her as a person through the themes and ideas that vary from chapter to chapter. A main idea from the vignette Rice Sandwich is about the experience of shame along with how it changed her outlook on the ways of the world along with the natural order that wealth brings. This vignette is about Esperanza’s desire to be able to accomplish something that
But in order to be more mature she needs to have something influence her in a way to realize that her childish ways were fine as a kid but now that she is growing up and becoming older she needs to start thinking about things deeper than herself. lucky for Anita that is exactly what happens. An external influence changes the way she thought, the way she acted it changed everything about her and by the end of the book the young Anita that we thought we knew had changed into a young woman who was extremely
Esperanza lives in an era where men and women live very different lives due to gender inequality. Esperanza lives in a world where her eyes see male domination, and very feeble women. her eyes see that men can be embarrassed when seen weak, and women just do not belong well in this type of society. The House on Mango Street tells us the story about a young girl named Esperanza. Esperanza has two brothers, Carlos and Kiki, while also having one younger sister, Nenny.
Shaped by the journey of life, each and every human develops an everlasting identity from their perception of the world. Everyone’s identity sticks, but humans contain the capacity to change their identity throughout life; an attribute Esperanza shows greatly. Oppressed by male figures and because of her wealth, and race, Esperanza develops her sense of identity from negative aspects of her life, causing her to feel shame and develop an aspiration to form a new identity. For so long she develops her worth from what others think and say about her, but contains the power to see beyond and what her really life holds for her.
Many people are undermined by the drawbacks of belonging to a low socioeconomic status. In The House on Mango Street, Esperanza is raised in a poor, Latino community, causing her to be introduced to poverty at an early age. This introduction of poverty affects Esperanza in many ways, one including that she is unable to find success. Esperanza struggles to achieve success in life because the cycle of poverty restricts her in a position in which she cannot break free from her socioeconomic status.