Struggles In The House On Mango Street

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Struggles of a Young Latina Every human being is born with a desire for a unique identity. Whether it is at their jobs, schools, or amongst their friends, people will always search for recognition. The House on Mango Street, a novel beautifully crafted by author Sandra Cisneros, depicts a young Latino girl's prolonged search for an identity. Cisneros uses ethnic and thematic elements to portray the girl's evolution. Through many hardships and life-changing experiences, Esperanza slowly blossoms from an innocent child into a mature young woman. Some of the major ethnic elements that greatly impact the story are the culture, mindset, and tradition of her people when concerning women. For example, in the story, many girls who Esperanza shares a close bond to currently lead lives of solitude and oppression. Because of this, Esperanza feels as if she needs to break free from her heritage. In the chapter "My Name", she mentions "the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't want their women strong. "(Cisneros 10). Esperanza constantly feels as if she is burdened by her ethnicity and origin, wishing to get as far away as she can from it. Throughout the book, Cisneros gives multiple examples of the mistreatment of women. In the chapter "Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut and Papaya Juice on…show more content…
In the beginning of the book Esperanza expresses her feelings about her name. She says, "In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing" (Cisneros 10). It is obvious from these lines that Esperanza dislikes her name. Her name means "hope", something that gives her negative and positive feelings. Hope brings joy, but it also requires waiting and
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