Realities In The House On Mango Street

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The House on Mango Street: Facing Realities

In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, many characters struggle with facing the realities of their lives and economical situations. Two prominent examples of this struggle are houses and trapped women.

One girl, named Esperanza, is raped while she is visiting the carnival with her friend Sally. Esperanza said, "Sally, you lied. It wasn’t what you said at all...All the storybooks and movies, why did you lie to me?"(99) This quote shows how Esperanza's expectations of sex, that she gained from movies and books, was very different from the reality of its pain. Esperanza's friend also struggles with accepting the reality of her new married life. Esperanza said, "Sally got married just like we knew she would...She
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She said, "I want a house on the hill...People who live on hills sleep so close to the stars they forget those of us who live too much on earth." (86) This quote shows how desperately Esperanza wants to live in a large house. The reality of her situation is that her family is very poor and may never be able to afford a house that large. Esperanza and her family live in the house on Mango Street. Esperanza said, "The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don’t have to pay rent to anybody." (3) This quote shows that Esperanza and her family are proud to own a house of their own, but the reality of her situation is that she is still very poor and the house is not expensive to own. Towards the end of the book, Esperanza says, "Not a flat. Not an apartment in back. Not a man's house. Not a daddy's. A house all my own." (108) This quote shows how desperately Esperanza wants to own a nice house that is all hers. The reality of her situation is that unless she finds a well paying job, she will never own an expensive and beautiful house.

The House on Mango Street includes many characters who struggle with accepting the realities of the hardships in their
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