Irony is a literary device used to indicate that a character’s choice of actions or words bring a certain implication to the reader or audience but quite unknown to the characters themselves (Wellek & Warren, 1956). In the story, the aspect of irony had been expressed at the start of the story the narrator says, (...long before I learned to be ashamed of my mother…) This is an aspect of irony because when we analyze the story, we get to understand that both the mother and the daughter lived a similar life before she went to school and became educated (Edward, 1950). Also when she was a small child, she depended on her illiterate mother for everything without being shameful. It is also ironic because the same mother she feels ashamed of is the one who helped her go to a school that in the end helped her shift her class in the society.
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.
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.
Some are actively trying to change things on their own. Through these women and Esperanza’s reactions to them, Cisneros’ shows not only the hardships women face, but also explores their lack of power to overcome them. Very early on in The House on Mango Street Esperanza encounters multiple women who are living in abusive relationships or are stuck raising and providing for children on their own. One example of these women is Rosa Vargas. She is a mother to one too many children, who often misbehave: “…how can they help it with only one mother who is tired all the time from buttoning and bottling and babying, and who cries every day
In the book, The House on Mango Street, Esperanza is portrayed as a young innocent girl that drastically changes over the course of the book. Esperanza is new to mango street and encounters many challenges but also positive experiences that she is able to take away from mango street. In order for Esperanza to transform as a human it was inevitable for her to face the struggles on mango street. As Esperanza matures throughout the novel she experiences three major developments that shape her future through the awakening of maturity, responsibility and her awakening of her interest in poetry. The first awakening Esperanza experiences is maturing from childhood and becoming a young women.
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.
Mango, Abuela, and Me is a fantastic book for the classroom. This book is about a girl who has her grandmother from a Spanish speaking country come and live with her. Her grandmother does not know the same language as the girl nor is familiar with her culture. The grandmother and the girl desperately want to get to know each other, however there is a language barrier between them. Through the book, the girl discovers how she can make a connection with her grandmother and communicate with her.
The novel The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros was a fictional novel written in 1984. This novel shows the struggle of a young girl named Esperanza who was trying to mature to quick. Esperanza is a twelve year old girl who began to lose her innocence because she was trying to mature before she was meant to. The main conflict was Esperanza began to act like an adult, but yet she was still just a young girl, and because of her actions she experienced a loss of innocence. Through the use of syntax, Cisneros portrays the message that trying to mature too early will result in loss of innocence.
But the one intangible concept that I believe we need most is belonging. No matter what, we as humans need some level of belonging in their life to maintain proper mental health. In the book “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, the main character, Esperanza Cordero, suffers from a lacking of belonging which leads her into depression. Based on many of the reviews of the book that I have read, I believe people are overlooking a very
The theme of this short story is that having a positive and optimistic outlook on life will lead to success. The protagonist is a young girl named Sibia who lived in great poverty with her mother. In the story, she was described as “a thin starveling child dressed in an earth-coloured rag.” The author also goes further to add that Sibia “had torn the rag in two to make a skirt and sari.”
Esperanza tried so badly to find to herself a second family in another words new friends. She gets know Rachel and her sister and they ordered from her some money to become a friend with her. Although she was broken and she hates to take money from her sister, she did give them money. Esperanza invest her money for friendship will last to the end of her life. Rachel and her sister were the free prisoners who save her Esperanza.