The House on Mango Street is about a young girl named Esperanza and the different challenges she faces throughout her life. She has a big family that consists of 5 other people and has moved to different homes many times. As she moves to the house on Mango Street she is disappointed at the fact that the house was not the house of her dreams nor the one she imagined it to be. The house on Mango Street is an improvement compared to Esperanza’s previous homes, but it is still not the house she or her family dreams of, and throughout the book Esperanza feels that she doesn’t belong there. As a family of 6 people, it consists of different responsibilities including taking care of younger siblings and so Esperanza has to take care of her younger …show more content…
Most of Esperanza’s female neighbors are abused or oppressed by their fathers and husbands, so Esperanza knows that she wants to escape the male dominated society, but at the same time she has to deal with her own sexuality and her desire to be loved by men. She meets Sally who is around the same age as her but is more sexually mature than other girls and she also has an abusive father. Being a Sally’s friend, Esperanza experiences “the loss of innocence” as she describes it in the book. Esperanza’s friendship with Sally also leads her to the most traumatic experience in the book, for example, as Sally leaves her alone at a carnival Esperanza is raped. This is the moment that Esperanza’s experiences a massive impact in her life. The experience of male oppression leads Esperanza to express herself through creative ways, like, writing. This causes her to want to leave and escape Mango Street. At the end of the book, Esperanza is still in the same house, but she has matured and is confident that she is stronger than to be trapped there forever. Her writing lets her escape Mango Street emotionally, but it will also let her escape physically through education and financial independence. When she actually does leave, Esperanza promises to come back to Mango Street for people who are not strong enough to escape due to
The House on Mango Street is a novel about a Latina girl becoming of age in the streets of Chicago. Her family is very poor, and throughout the entire book she transforms from a little girl to a young lady. In the book, the main characters are Esperanza, Nenny, Mama, Papa. Sally, Lucy, and Rachel. Esperanza and her family moves a lot, but the little red house on Mango Street helped her become the person she is.
But I’ll never know it” (105). At this time in his life he makes his own assumption that rather than the idea that God will punish him or to reward him when the time comes, but there will be no warning or religious explanation when the earth will devour him. In The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero and the journey she takes to finding herself. She encounters many other characters’ stories which can be used as morals, and more obvious with the physically broken house she grows up in. Both the stories and the house motivate her to discover herself.
These lessons allow the children to fathom about the concepts of morals throughout the book. Comparatively, Alicia from The House on Mango Street is considered one of the most influential people in Esperanza’s life. Most of Esperanza’s friends such Sally and Marin, want to marry someone to have a better living for the rest of their lives. The presence of Alicia, a smart and hardworking first year university student who wants to attain a better life with her own hands without relying on anyone else, really inspires Esperanza to be an independent woman. “One day i will pack my bags of books and paper.
We all have autonomy when making choices, whether it be with deciding what to eat for lunch, or deciding to spend the rest of your life with that special someone. Through the setting, Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet both convey that although people’s personal choices are affected by the environment in which they are made, they still can defy their physical environment and pursue their own passions. The House on Mango Street shows how Esperanza’s choices are affected by her setting, Romeo and Juliet show how Juliet’s relationship choices are affected by her setting, but eventually Juliet and Esperanza still try to take control of their lives. In The House on Mango Street, Esperanza faces friends and family who limit her autonomy.
Then, in the chapter “Red Clowns”, Esperanza is raped. She sees how the boy did not ask for her consent and did things she did not want. She did not know what was going to happen, because she was lied to. “It wasn’t what you said at all. What he did.
In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza and her family move into a small, one bedroom house on Mango Street, which is in a poor, minority area of Chicago. In this neighborhood, abused wives stay inside all day, looking out of the window and dreaming. Esperanza sees this abuse occur and vows that she will move away from Mango Street as soon as she can. However, Esperanza realizes that she can never truly leave Mango Street, as she must return to help the other women stuck there because the men do not help the women. Living on Mango Street allowed Esperanza to mature into an independent, empathetic young woman, who has seen the abuses toward woman and wishes to change the neighborhood.
In the end, she embraced where she came from, and her concept of home was home in a heart and not a physical place. Esperanza in the beginning of the book did not want her home to be linked to her identity. She did not want people to know she lived in the house on Mango Street. To begin with, Esperanza was living in poor conditions by her having to share bedrooms and bricks crumbling in places. Then, a person bullied her because she
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a story about a young Hispanic girl’s experiences growing up in Chicago. This girl’s name is Esperanza, and her personality is shown through her interactions with people in her neighborhood. This is not the white picket fence area she dreamed about. It is a rough neighborhood. Esperanza has a rough life.
Bildungsroman – The House on Mango Street The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a Bildungsroman (coming of age story) which follows the life of Esperanza Cordero, a Latino girl living in the Hispanic area of Chicago. It explores her experiences in the neighbourhood and her interaction with her neighbours both of which shape her aspirations and outlook on life. This novel is an example of Bildungsroman, a coming of age novel that follows the development of the protagonist till the point where the character understands his or her role in society. Very often, it deals with the formative years of the character and their psychological and moral development through their responsiveness to the circumstances around them.
The House on Mango Street evocates to women’s sovereignty awakening. Cisneros present true stories of many women repress by abusive male society. The stories are set in an environment surrounded by poverty and in houses. The image of house becomes a symbol of shame, oppression, abuse, violence, and in the end freedom. In the novel, men use houses to aggravate women, away from the public eye.
The House on Mango Street is a touching and timeless tale told in short vignettes. It tells the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago. Her life, and the lives of the people around her, are laid bare to the readers in this touching novella. In the beginning, Esperanza is not accepting of herself. Her family’s poor financial situation, the sadness of the people around her, and the problems she faces in her daily life make her very cynical.
In The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros reveals the importance of growing up in the main character, Esperanza, and her friends. Throughout the story Esperanza and her friends experience many parts of growing up whether from trying francy shoes to the understanding of the world around them to getting a job to earn money. First, In the vignette And Some More, Esperanza, her younger sister Nenny, and her friends Lucy and Rachel look up to the sky and observe the clouds. In this vignette you can see the age difference of Esperanza and her friends to Nenny, this is shown when Esperanza says, “That’s cumulus too.
Imagine growing up in a neighborhood that tries day after day to tear you down. Imagine growing up in a world without role models to help guide you down the right path. Imagine growing up in a place where you saw your friends fall into a cycle of abuse. Imagine being the only one strong enough not to fall into the ways of the world around you. Wouldn’t that make you tougher in the long run?
However Sally’s father claims her to be “trouble.” Every time her father caught her looking at guys he would beat her. It’s obvious in The House on Mango Street that Esperanza is often uncomfortable around Sally. This awkwardness grows and eventually it puts Esperanza in extreme danger. From this friendship, Esperanza realizes that she tried to “mature too quickly.”