Esperanza’s journey of self-identification is apparent in the novel “House on Mango Street”. Her hopes of leaving the barrio were clearly shown in different vignettes: “House on Mango Street”, “Bums in the attic”, “Beautiful and Cruel”, and so on. Her process of self-identification will entail her realizing that she is growing more mature, figuring out her sexuality, and understanding her culture as a Latina. Right off the bat, on page 6, you notice Esperanza immaturity. She does not appreciate where she lives. She wants a house of her own. She realizes that she wants to have a better life, an actual home. With immaturity, brings insecurity. She is insecure about her life. She is even insecure about her name. On page …show more content…
In the vignette “The Family of Little Feet” you experience Esperanza’s first encounter men. As she takes off her socks and puts the high heels on, she says that her feet are no longer hers but now she has a long long leg. As she goes in the streets with her shoes, she gets the attention from men that she has not seen before. Mr. Benny wants them to take the shoes off, a boy on a homemade bicycle calls out and tells the girls to lead him to heaven, and a bum man attempts to kiss the girls. This is her first experience of sexuality in the sense that boys notice her and want to kiss her. Though she doesn’t seem ready yet as she says “We are tired of being beautiful”. Another example of her growing maturity is in the vignette “Hips”. It seems like all of the sudden her hips are there. They are different, they are larger, they define you as a woman. You now tell the difference from a man and a woman through their hips. In the beginning of the vignette, you notice she sings a song that “I like the boys and the boys like me. Yes, no, maybe so.” This is a sign of her growing. She went to not recognizing or talking to boys in the beginning, to asking herself if she likes boys. Another example of her noticing boys is in the Vignette, Sire. She dreams of a boy holding her and kissing her. She is now having dreams about boys. This is a sign of growth. Esperanza is interested and fully aware of boys. …show more content…
Though by realizing this, she needed to mature mentally. She attempts to break the barriers of typical Latin culture and become someone else in this world. By the end of the novel, she does not let her background define who she going to be but rather a starting point on who she is going to become. Esperanza is willing to do something so many Latina women
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She went through many things from helping out, her grandfatherś death, getting raped, and having to get a job. Esperanza changes mentally, Esperanza changes physically, and she realizes that one day she will come back to Mango Street. Esperanza changes mentally. Throughout the entire book, Esperanza learns things she didn't know before.
Throughout the story, Esperanza is sexually abused several times. In the vignette, “The Family of Little Feet,” Esperanza and her friends wear fancy shoes to feel like adult women. While fun at first,
“Isabel, I will tell you about how I used to live. About parties and private school and the beautiful doll my papa bought me, if you will teach me how to pin diapers, how to wash, and…”(p120). This is significant because it proves that Esperanza will do anything to get that job. She doesn’t want to work, but in order to achieve her goals, she has to. And she is willing to do that for her family.
Esperanza clinging onto her dream house indicates that she doesn’t want to belong on Mango Street. She also uses repetition to emphasize a few phrases. Furthermore, Esperanza finds freedom and identity through pursuing her writing. On page 61, it was mentioned that Aunt Lupe told her, “You just remember to keep writing, Esperanza.
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
Esperanza is often humiliated not only by where she lives, but also by her physical appearance, hence causing a restriction in her climb to a higher social class. Esperanza is frequently ashamed of her family’s broken-down house in an urban, poor
Still Esperanza does not get what is going on at this point. She is still so naïve and innocent. Sometimes the reader forgets how young she actually is because of the things she is going through at such a young age. Her mind and her decisions are moving at a faster pace, but she is still so blind to the world.
As a child, Esperanza wants only escape from mango Street. Her dream of independents and "self-definition" also means leaving her family behind without any responsibilities to her family. Throughout the book, her has also faced some situation where is feels ashamed to be part of the Mango Street community and in some instances refuses to admit she has anything to do with mango street. At the beginning of the book near the earlier chapters, Esperanza feels very insecure about herself in general along with the house that she lives in. As mentioned before, she doesn’t want to discuss her name nor where she lives.
The women that surround her are silent, and many of them cannot leave the house. She watches girls have children and marry just to escape their home because that is the only thing they know in life. Esperanza already knows she wants to be more than what is expected of her as a poor, Latina girl, and will fight the expectations placed on her in the subtlest of ways. “I have begun my own quiet war. Simple.
(Wissman) Throughout the novella, Esperanza fights against a society filled with toxic masculinity and women that find their worth through men, for self-awareness, and eventually finds it through the lessons she learns from these situations and people. As the Explorer, she used the characters that fulfilled other archetypes to build herself into a strong-willed young lady. Though the archetypes Cisneros used in The House on Mango Street, specifically in the female characters, Esperanza learns valuable lessons that construct a newly liberated woman.
She wants to overcome her childish tendencies and transition into womanhood. When Esperanza sees Sire’s girlfriend her interest in Sire and his relationship increases. She even begins to imagine what it would feel like to have a boyfriend. “I want to sit bad at night, a boy around my neck and the wind under my skirt” (73). This represents the arrival of puberty, which is demonstrated by Esperanza’s desire to behave in a grown-up way.
Esperanza’s interest is writing poem, appears in many of the chapters where it explains a way of bonding with her community by sharing poems with one another. Because Esperanza has become a writer her observations strengthen throughout the novel. One example of how she matures through writing is in the beginning of the book she told stories that were obviously meant for a younger audiences but through the middle of the book she started to use more observation based upon what she saw which helped develop the story more for the reader. This change shows that she is becoming an artist, and also that she is starting to distance herself from her community, since she focuses more on capturing experiences than living through them, she starts to further her self from interaction and focuses more on observation of the people around her. By the end of The House on Mango Street, she knows that she underwent a huge transformation and her relationship with mango st is starting to weaken.
It can also be inferred that she is physically weak and malnourished. Finally, Esperanza will do anything to get what she wants. This means that she is extremely determined. Esperanza is a very timid little girl. After pestering her mother to give her a note to eat in the canteen, she is seemingly unable to answer the nun who asks what she is doing there, instead meekly holding up the note and scurrying upstairs to Sister Superior.
The male-dominated society that Esperanza grows up in forces the idea that women are weak and should stay locked in their houses while men go off to work. The men are immoral and seedy, as expressed in the chapter in which a homeless man leers and asks for a kiss from the little girls. Esperanza experiences the evil of her community when she is sexually assaulted, causing her to lose her previous desire to explore her sexuality. Before being assaulted, she wanted to be “beautiful and cruel” like her friend Sally, because Sally was what she understood to be a perfect woman. However, after her rape she decides that she needs to discover her own identity for herself.
Esperanza acquires a sense of who she is as a young woman. These characters aid in her decided stance on gender roles and how she wants to evade them as she starts to build her own life. Through Esperanza’s narration, the darkness that correlates with the roles of women is brought into light. The gender roles found in the book are still issues today. Such ideas ruin much of society because people have yet to question and altar them.