“The House on Mango Street” is a book full of different vignettes which are written by Sandra Cisneros. “The House on Mango Street” is a coming-of-age-story about a young girl named Esperanza Cordero. Throughout these vignettes we see how Esperanza grows artistically, sexually, and emotionally. While exploring her own world she experiences the shame of being poor, racism, and the beauty of writing/poetry. In “The House on Mango Street” freedom is not what you think it is.
Judith Ortiz Cofer’s story called Volar: The Norton Introduction to Literature (Mays 277), is an interesting account of a young girl’s dream to be more than what she is today. She loves comic books and her absolute favorite superhero is Supergirl. She adores this character because she is beautiful, strong and in control. The fantasy goes into minute detail down to the superhero’s long blonde hair, sleek muscles and her being aerodynamic. Pretty impressive details for a young girl!
The main character are; a girl named Rebecca aka Beccka, her mother Cherry, and aunt Mary. The unfolding story was based in a rural village located in Jamaica. The characters speak a dialect which is rich and colorful, and this is shaped and controlled by humor and comedy, allowing the reader a great insight into their way of life. Olive Senior short story “Do angels wear brassieres?" demonstrates a strong cultural and social reference where the emphasis is on women, and there identity as women.
Tan puts many her life experiences as evidence to persuasive readers that just because someone can’t speak perfect english doesn’t mean this person is unintelligent. In the ending, she impresses readers by pointing out her mother tongue teaches her the goal of writing which is to reach the depth of one’s heart. For readers, it is easy to feel Tan’s love and appreciation to her mom from her severe language and casual tone. As for Tan herself, a good book is the one that her mom regards as “So easy to read”(314 Tan’ mom), because she believes her mother tongue will lead her to know her mom’s world
Sexuality in adolescence Sexuality is the most notorious and common sign of development in adolescence. “The House on Mango street”, by Sandra Cisneros is a coming of age novel, where Esperanza transitions from a girl into a young teen. In her journey, Esperanza comes across many challenges, she is forced to grow up by life’s adversities. In the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, a mother advises her daughter and scolds her into becoming a decent woman. In her guidance, the mother is worried about her daughter’s sexual activity and warns her about the consequences of improper behavior.
In The House on Mango Street written by Sandra Cisneros, the dominant theme for these collection of vignettes is the dreams and beauty expressed throughout the book using poetic devices. For instance, Esperanza grasps onto the dream of having her own house as she remains discontented with the house on Mango Street. On page 5, she stated, “I knew then I had to have a house. A real house.” 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.
These chapters are the ones in the point of view of Minerva and Patria. We know it is written in first person because it uses the word “I said” rather that “Minerva said”. Both of these characters are strong willed individuals and I think it shows throughout the book. Having these sisters’ stories in first person point of view really helps with being able to see how they viewed life and what was occurring around them. Having them telling their own stories helps us to connect better with them and come to love them even more.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros tells of a willful young girl named Esperanza who dreams big despite her surroundings and restrictions. Throughout the book, she endures the trials and tribulations of growing up, illuminating her experiences through a variety of different symbols. One recurring theme that Cisneros applies to the story is the loss of innocence. Representations such as a house, high heels, and a garden help in giving insight to how Esperanza’s childhood was taken away from her too young too soon. Early in the book, Esperanza is portrayed as an innocent young girl.
Symbolism is the representation of an abstract concept through the use of a concrete object, and it is a way of bringing subtext to an otherwise one-dimensional story. Several symbols can be found in "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros, some of the most central being shoes, women looking out windows, and trees. It is through the use of these symbols that Cisneros creates a coming-of-age story, showing the different aspects of growing up as a young Latina girl. To begin with, shoes are a recurring symbol in “Mango Street”. In their first appearance in “The Family of Little Feet”, Esperanza and her friends try on high heels and "the men can't take their eyes off" them, implying that they are seen in a more mature light when they wear high heels.
The story of the women in the ‘Yellow Wallpaper’ and Edna in the novel ‘The Awakening’ share the same type of a story. Edna’s life is less rough than the women because Kate Chopin the author of the Awakening plays with the connection of reality vs. appearance. This connection highlights the situation of people as she puts on a mask to fit the social expectations. In the novel we can see, Edna lives in a life with two different personalities. We can see this at the beginning of the book in chapter 7, “even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself.
I 'll offer them the attic, ask them to stay, because I know how it is to be without a house" through this quote you could clearly see the juristic growth from the beginning of the book. Esperanza grows out of her childish and arrogant state to a more confident becomes to feel more empathy towards others, showing her transformation into a confident mature women. Esperanza will even a homeless a place to stay regardless the state or how the house looks like, but
First the author uses the literary technique of a metaphor to illustrate that you have to make the best of what you have. In addition, to the author presents to us that the character didn’t grow up with the a majority of beautiful belongings or surroundings. Provided that is clothes, her house, furniture, or just the neighborhood she lived in. The narrator, Esperanza states “Here there is too much sadness and not enough sky. Butterflies too are few and so are flowers and most things that are beautiful.” (pg 33).
Someone who will cherish them for all eternity. In a close examination of the way Louise Mallard, the protagonist of “The Story of an Hour”, and Delia, the protagonist of “Sweat”, react to their encounters with their marriages demonstrates that authors Kate Chopin and Zora Neale Hurston both use short stories to tell similar stories about the difficulties of their emotional states in their marriages. First, it is seen that Louise Mallard is an unchanging character who values her freedom from her marriage. Throughout the story it becomes obvious how self-centered Louise Mallard is. “’Free!
Cynthia Lord has used character and style to create a novel of contemporary realistic fiction about a young girl struggling to accept the world she lives in. Lord uses dialogue to build a relationship between Catherine and Jason. It’s through these conversations that Lord is able to expose Catherine’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to living with David, developing new friendships and accepting the reality of her life. It’s these strengths and weaknesses that help the reader identify with her. Lord’s unique style also helps the reader get a peek into the lives of the characters.
In The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, twelve-year-old Esperanza must navigate through the trials and tribulations that one can associate when encountering young adulthood. Cisneros uses her unique writing style of vignettes to illustrate various themes in her text. The theme that has to be the most prominent thus far, is on the feminist role of Esperanza as a female in her Latin American culture. House on Mango Street is an overall bildungsroman that can be considered to be a feminist work of literature. The bildungsroman is encompassed by various feminist values throughout the text of written work, regarding the particular subject.