The House On Mango Street And A Raisin In The Sun Essay

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The novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry are both pieces of writing that discuss a common theme, growing up. Growing up is mainly seen in the character Esperanza from The House on Mango Street and Walter from A Raisin in the Sun. Esperanza, the narrator, is at first portrayed by Cisneros as a naive person because of her lack of good judgement. However, as the novel continues, she goes through tough situations and learns from them, which eventually builds her st rong character. In A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry shows the element of growing up through her character Walter. He goes through a hardship that makes him lose his own ability to make sensible decisions, but his family makes him realize that he has to learn from his mistakes and make the right decision, which he does in the end, and so he finally grows up. Both authors suggest that a person truly grows up when they have reached the point that they can learn from their mistakes, and make the right decisions. In both The House on Mango Street and A Raisin in the Sun, growing up is shown as a progressive process for Esperanza and Walter. Esperanza is put through many difficult situations that she …show more content…

Selfishness is an imperfection that both characters have in their personalities that they come to grow out of by the ends of the books. How easy both characters put trust in people is another immaturity that they don’t necessarily grow out of, but it emphasizes that they make bad decisions. The fact that Esperanza is a child makes her journey in growing up much different than Walter’s just because of the situations that usually only children are put through. Growing up takes many times of going through tough times and is gradual for both Esperanza and

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