I believe that the house on Mango Street represents the narrator's optimistic fantasy and simultaneously, the narrator's gloomy confinement and shame. The narrator is terribly ashamed of their, "small red house" because when they are simply asked where they live, the narrator becomes immediately uncomfortable and feels humiliated by the nun. The narrator’s embarrassment is evident when they reluctantly admit that the floor that had, “paint peeling wooden bars” was indeed, where they lived. The narrator became so embarrassed that it made them, “feel like nothing”. The narrator’s shame in their house seems to be wrapped up in their feelings about wealth and status.
The expectations of a woman during this time period were to take care of the house while the husband works, learns, and does everything outside of taking care of the family and home care. This would give the narrator and a majority of woman the feeling of oppression and depression. The change in the narrator comes when she notices and becomes intrigued with the “Yellow Wallpaper.” The narrator notices a pattern in the wallpaper and pictures a woman trapped behind the wallpaper who is attempting to escape. She fights the realization that the predicament of the woman in the wallpaper is a symbolic version of her own situation. At first she even disapproves of the woman’s efforts to escape and intends to “tie her up.” Further into the story she feels compelled to tear down the wallpaper to free the trapped woman.
Through the characterization of Esperanza and Sally, Sandra Cisneros portrays the theme of a vicious cycle of economic disadvantages that lead to desperation. Esperanza went through many economic disadvantages which lead her to her current desperation. Firstly, the mortification that her house caused her led her to being pessimistic. “You live there? The way she said it made me feel like nothing.
Due to the nature of the neighborhood, she witnessed acts of sexual assault from the opposite sex and this led her to change her priorities of the way she felt about the opposite sex as all who are in relationships are not happy. She narrates the structure of the houses in Mango street because they determined her character. The way she sees herself and how poverty was a big effort on her life all have their origin or source in Mango street. Esperanza expresses pity with the types of house she lives in and wants to leave but towards the end of the story, she conveys her obligation to return to Mango street and assist those who didn’t get lucky and blessed just like she was. In conclusion, the house on Mango street portrays the theme for the fight for identity and defining self.
Sally also shows these same trends of being forced to be a caregiver. It says on page 101 sally even gets less than that “Looking out the window is the last hope and pleasure of many of the trapped women of Mango Street, but Sally’s husband denies her even that.” The book The House on Mango Street is used in my opinion to show the impact of others around you, the impact of men on women just seems the most apparent. It shows how others before you can make you live life with such narrow vision, such little possible imagination, especially when you don't know what to imagine. Esperanza is different, that is how the author needed it, to show us that people can be different, that change is
Juliet parents supported Juliet so much that when it came to making a decision on her own, she literally crashed and burned because she had never made that big of a choice on her own. “They have taken who I am as well as my what I was and i’m desperate for them both again.” (Myers 25) In contrast to Juliet, Junice has absolutely no support in her life since her mother Leslie Ambers was placed in Bedford Hills Prison for selling illegal drugs. Compared to Juliet, Junice has no aid on the choices she makes for her and her little sister, basically leaving her making adult decisions at young
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.” Near the end of the story Esperanza’s view of Sally dramatically changes from envying her to now feeling pity for her. It appears as if Sally is just a foil or mold for Esperanza to realize who she really is.
Her opposition to american incorporation can be seen as noble and brave, facing up to her husband and reality alike, but it holds her back to where she can never truly make progress. She goes as far as to have her husband paint her apartment pink: “but it’s not the same, you know. She still sighs for her pink house, and then I think she cries”(77). Mamacita’s very dreams are what hold her back, and the vain desire to go and see home again keep her from accepting her new life. Escape is a common theme throughout the female characters of The House on Mango Street, but it is probably Mamacita whose desire to escape is the most prominent, to the point where it is what unfortunately keeps her ‘trapped’ there.
Culture identity is something many young people struggle with, especially teens as they go through discovering themselves. Esperanza is the kind of girl who struggles with her cultural background. She envies everyone else she sees as they fit in with the place they are at. Even if the life of others isn’t necessarily amazing she is still jealous for what they do get. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros a very touching story about how a young girl tries to fit in an American society being a Latino.
“No, this isn’t my house I say and shake my head as if shaking could undo the year I’ve lived here (Cisneros 106).” This quote shows Esperanza’s unwillingness of accepting her poor neighbourhood because of the violence and inequality that has happened in it. In the House on Mango Street, the author, Sandra Cisneros, shows that there is a direct link between inequality, violence and poverty. The House on Mango Street shows women are held back by the inequalities that they face. Cisneros shows that racism prevents individuals from receiving job opportunities which leads to poverty and violence. The House on Mango Street shows that the basis of violence and poverty are social inequality.
My feet scuffed and round, and the heels all crooked that look dumb with this dress, so I just sit.” (143-144) Esperanza is not happy about the shoes. However, she is even more upset about The House on Mango Street. Esperanza had dreams about having a real house but sadly, The House on Mango Street required her to keep dreaming. “I knew then I had to have a house .A real house. One I could point to.
She first dislikes the color and despises the pattern, but after closely studying the pattern “a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design” and after obsessing over the painting she finds bars hidden. The heavy bedstead, which was nailed to the ground, was another feature that represents the room as a jail cell. Therefore, the room that she is prisoned shows how the madness benefited her to gain control and achieve a way to escape her confinement. In conclusion, the diverse literature 's do share a common theme that shows women fighting to overcome societal expectations due to the female gender not valued as thinkers capable of being their equals and mental illness can be caused by society’s stereotypical
The final chapter of Davis’ book entitled "The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working-Class Perspective," is somewhat perplexing. Like most of the book it contains intriguing concepts, yet it is uncharacteristically poorly argued. Davis asserts that housework is fruitless drudgery, that only serves to, Her argument rests on the example of the main character in Ousmane Sembene 's film, Black Girl, who "is so over- whelmed by her despair that she chooses suicide over an indefinite destiny of cooking, sweeping, dusting and scrubbing"(237). This is unconvincing, because Davis does not consider that the main character was a socially alienated Senegalese women living in France who perhaps committed suicide in order to
Imagine being judged for the choices you make. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and The Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry the characters in these three novels search for independence under unfortunate circumstances. This results in difficult decision making situations that they are later judged for. However, Hester confronts her sin, the Younger family moves into a white neighborhood house and the Wall’s kids move away from their abusive parents. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is seen as a disgrace for the town.