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House On Mango Street Monkey Garden

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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros contained a variety of complex themes and ideas packed into short vignettes. In the close reading Kalen focused on the vignette “The Monkey Garden” and brought forward the idea of different forms of freedom. For Esperanza and some of the other characters in the book, the monkey garden “was their own personal Neverland or Garden of Eden.” The freedom or isolation from the outside world, made the children feel as they could forever remain kids and escape their fears. After reading the close reading I realized Sally never viewed the world the same as Esperanza. Esperanza lived in a physically safe environment where there was no fear of harassment or torment, her main fear was growing up into the standard
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