One of the main themes in The House on Mango Street is E. acknowledging her name and mango street as part of her self identity. At the beginning of the novel E. struggles to identify with her name. She describes her name as different from herself and does not want to accept her name as part of her identity. In chapter one of the book E. talks about how she does not feel connected to her name but rather detached "In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters .It means
Is a young girl that battles with the loneliness and shame of being poor. She is also a writer, and that’s the tool she uses to find who she really is. A tool powerful enough to reconcile with her pass, her community and it helps her to persevere when she goes to painful situations like the death of her parents and sexual abuse. In one line of the story Esperanza says: “I make a story for my life, for each step my brown shoe takes. I say, "And so she trudged up the wooden stairs, her sad brown shoes taking her to the house she never liked."
Esperanza’s Achievement of Cultural Identity and Autonomy In the coming of age story of Sandra Cisnero’s novel The House on Mango Street, the author uses simple but profound language to express the young girl and main character, Esperanza’s, goal is to become an autonomous individual who controls her own choices. She is driven by her observations of the many trapped and powerless people of Mango Street. This desire is physically represented by her dream of a new house in a different place—at first it is a house for her family, but at the story’s end, it is a house she owns alone, where she can write. It not only symbolizes her dream of agency of trying to change her name to something that shows the “real” her. This novel also presents identity
you keep writing too, okay? and when we see each other again, it will seem like we lost no time” (Danticat 7). Hope is demonstrated as the girl tells her secluded love that they will see each other again, not acknowledging the fact that he could be in danger. Even if she can never send the letters, she continues to write. Not only is hope shown as she’s trusting that he’s writing back, but also when the girl
Have you ever experienced change in your life? What effect did it have on you? How did you adapt? Annie John, a teenage girl growing up in Antigua, Cuba, experiences many events that mark her transition from childhood to adulthood. Examples include becoming distant from her mother while she makes her own decisions, and sailing away from home to begin a new life in England.
Yolanda travels to her homeland in order to find her cultural and personal identity. Leaving her native country to America at a young age she “…was losing her Spanish…”(Alvarez 1300) and culture that forms her family background and national heritage. For this reason, she approaches situations differently than the rest of her extended family, and there is a gap between their cultural perspectives and her own. This gap leads to a certain distance between her and the other members of the family. Yolanda “…never felt at home in the States…” (Alvarez 1304) and is experiencing the same alienation feelings with her family.
In this case for her, that means breaking out and leaving Mango Street. Then, with the help of other residents, the idea of moving on from her childhood is presented in different forms, yet all share a common theme that she will be the one who is able and will leave. Even Esperanza discovering her strength, and who she is, leads to her understanding why it means when she will one day break free from the struggles she is faced with living on Mango Street. All of the pain and struggle Esperanza is faced with all leads back to the point that no matter what past somebody has, it doesn't make up who they will become; it can develop them into their future
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.
As people grow old they tend to realize the mistakes they have made in life and try to make up for them. These realizations are mostly internal; however, there could be some external manifestations. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin shows how Edna has a realization that having a family is not what she wanted in life. Chopin is able to create a feeling of suspense and excitement through this event by illustrating Edna’s inner thoughts, including her past, the way she starts to act towards others and demonstrating the steps she takes towards freeing herself up. A reflection of Edna's past is described in the novel in order to represent how she wants to go back to her old self.
The search for independence can be a tedious task and individuals may go their whole lives looking for it and being unable to find it. This is true for that of Lily Bart in The House of Mirth written by Edith Wharton. Lily is not content with the life she now lives and craves an independent lifestyle where she does not have to rely on others for social and financial support. Yet by further analyzing the text Lily’s search for independence leads to her ultimate demise. In the first chapters of The House of Mirth Wharton establishes various conditions that Lily desires.
“The House on Mango Street” is a wonderful Coming-of-Age novella with 110 pages and was published by Arte Publico Press, written by Sandra Cisneros in 1984. The book is about a little girl telling the story of growing up in a bad neighbor hood and how she wishes to escape by using her writing as a way out. I believe the author’s purpose in writing this book was to serve as an inspiration and reach out to other young people, specifically immigrants and people in poverty, that want to succeed in life. Although the book has many themes, the general theme is dreams and hopes. Sandra wrote in the point of view of Esperanza, who was a young girl in poverty, wishing she could have better for herself and her family.
As a child, Esperanza wants only escape from mango Street. Her dream of independents and "self-definition" also means leaving her family behind without any responsibilities to her family. Throughout the book, her has also faced some situation where is feels ashamed to be part of the Mango Street community and in some instances refuses to admit she has anything to do with mango street. At the beginning of the book near the earlier chapters, Esperanza feels very insecure about herself in general along with the house that she lives in. As mentioned before, she doesn’t want to discuss her name nor where she lives.
But I better hurry up or I’ll never catch up where I’m supposed to be” (137). Nao also emphasizes her appreciation again and states: “You may be only made -believe, but you are my true friend and you’ve helped me, I really mean that.” (385). This emphasizing the relationship she’s trying to make through her writing. It deeply affects her life because she keeps writing to the special stranger that’s still reading to that point of her saying that. As she is writing stories that’ll build up to catch up to where she is living at the moment.
After writing in a diary for over a year, Alice decides that the diary is unnecessary now. She has been able to become a communicator, and be able to tell her parents and friends and family what was going on and able to find help. She felt strong enough to be able to do it on her own without the diary. She had a confidence in herself that wasn 't there before. Alice was able to talk to people finally and get help.