Then I didn't see them. Not once, or twice, or ever again.” (Cisneros 105). One of the reasons for this is her meeting the three old ladies who came for Rachel’s sister’s funeral. There prophesy that Esperanza will leave Mango Street boosts her self-confidence. The narrator also says, “Before Keeler it was Paulina, but what I remember most is Mango Street, sad red house, the house I belong but do not belong to.” (Cisneros 109).
Esperanza is jealous because she cannot say the same about her house on Mango Street. In the heat of all of this, Alicia reminds her that even if she doesn’t like the fact that she lives on Mango Street she will forever be from Mango Street. Esperanza responds by saying that she will not come back until someone fixes the town. This is where Cisneros uses foreshadowing to show Esperanza’s emotions towards Mango Street. The quote she uses is “Who’s going to do it?
In Falling Leaves, Niang continues to give a false sense of hope to Adeline, only to shatter it in the end. For example, when Niang decided to put Adeline in boarding school, she “patted” Adeline, and Adeline comments that it was “the first and last time, she ever touched me” (Yen Mah 100). Because Adeline suffered a miserable childhood under Niang, she takes joy from small things, such as Niang’s comforting physical contact with her. However, Niang crumbled Adeline’s slight moment of delight after realizing that Niang only touched her to display the love between them to the nuns. By doing so, Yen Mah is able to depict how Niang cared more about what her peers thought of her rather than what her step-daughter thought of her.
Interestingly, she seems to lose this confidence when speaking to adults outside of her immediate family. Perhaps this points to some traumatic incident with a stranger? But I digress. Esperanza pesters her mother for three days, asking for a note to eat in the canteen. She tells her mother “You will see me less, and like me more.” This tactic seems to be rooted in making her mother feel like Esperanza feels unloved, which to a child’s mind will make the adult in question bestow gifts and reassurance upon the child to prove their love.
She misses a home, even though at that moment her home is Mango Street. She is constantly repeating throughout the novel that Mango Street is temporary and not her home. Esperanza does not realize that by her doing those things, just like Mamacita she is stopping her growth. If Esperanza would have kept with that constant cycle and not accepted her home and what she was
Furthermore, in “Four Skinny Trees”, she describes four trees in front of her house that are out of place and how they seem they should not be there. Esperanza empathizes with them and says she too is not supposed to be on Mango Street and should have left. In hindsight, Esperanza’s connection with trees keeps them relevant in novella. Many other characters in The House on Mango Street can also relate to the symbol of trees, one of these being Alicia. With the death of her mother, Alicia’s father forces her to take on chores she had.
She gets a boring Christmas letter annually, and her retirement party was like any other. If she chose to be lonely, she must regret the decision. The woman across the street from the narrator is lonely as well, but she doesn’t even go
A house is not a home. A home is somewhere your heart feels content, a place where you feel safe. In fact, a wise person once said, “Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.” This particular theme of home appears several times during Sandra Cisneros’ novella The House on Mango Street. Cisneros uses indirect characterization to show that the main character, Esperanza, feels discontent with her house, and feels as if it is not really her home, because deep in her heart, deep in her mind, she feels that her home is somewhere else, and she feels lost. The first example of this theme being shown through indirect characterization is, in fact, in the fourth paragraph of the first page.
However, not everyone feels this way. In Fever 1793 , Mattie and Mother treat each other rather poorly, and later in the story they felt great guilt. Anderson has Mattie exclaim.. “I had just saved her precious quilt from disaster, but would she appreciate it? Of course not” (3) . This reveals that Mattie has negative attitude towards her mother, in addition to Mother having a poor attitude towards Mattie.
From learning the lesson, Sugar does something that Sylvia describes as treachery; Sugar acknowledges the lesson by stating an observation she found. Sugar explains how they don’t “eat in a year what that sailboat costs”(p. 64). Based on Sylvia’s reaction, Sugar doesn't usually speak up or give Miss Moore the satisfaction. However, Sugar’s response shows how she learned this lesson. Her treachery disgusts Sylvia, leading a reader to conclude that Sugar plays a submissive role when with Sylvia.