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House On Mango Street Struggles

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Life: a particular type or aspect of people's existence. All of our problems help us identify who we are in relation to our life. In the few novels, short stories, and independent reading books that I read, I picked out three characters: Esperanza from The House on Mango Street, Madame Loisel from “The Necklace”, and Jamie Sullivan from A Walk to Remember. These three stories have a common theme in which a character struggles to figure who they are with the pressures of society. This is a struggle I feel like I go through everyday. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, is a book about a teenager named Esperanza, a hispanic female who struggles with figuring out who she wants to become when she’s older. Esperanza has moved multiple times, each with the thought that something better is coming. Throughout her journey of disappointment she gets a glimpse at the women's lives around her and pushes herself to be better than them. These experiences help drive her to break the cycle of women with lost hopes and poverty, and through this realizes her dreams and goals. Esperanza tells the readers about the home she wants when she gets older. “I want a house on a hill like the ones with the gardens…show more content…
The character I relate to is Jamie Sullivan. Jamie Sullivan is portrayed as a good, southern christian girl who is kind and caring to everyone. Jamie doesn't understand why she is so nice and yet people don’t seem to really like her. She seeks advice from her friend Landon. His response is, “You're a wonderful person, Jamie. You're beautiful, you're kind, you're gentle...you're everything that I'd like to be. If people don't like you, or they think you're strange, then that's their problem” (Sparks 188). This is a quote that we should all live our lives by because even if people don’t like you, life will go
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