Although there are a variety of characters throughout literature that have made sacrifices that expose their values, none of them come close in comparison to the sacrifices of Esperanza in Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street. The consistent sacrifices displayed through Esperanza’s self-image, innocence, and cynicism express the struggles and desire for feminine individuality and respect that begin for many in childhood and dissolve into adulthood. Not only does Esperanza display these sacrifices constantly throughout the novel, the author’s use of her character as a beacon of catharsis to the reader symbolically represents the majority of women. Much like other women, Esperanza constantly tries to find herself throughout her own sacrifices, …show more content…
One of the earliest examples of a sacrifice made by Esperanza would be the moment she confirmed to a nun that the worn-down, nailed-up house was, in fact, her own. Although initially insignificant as a “sacrifice”, it becomes increasingly apparent throughout the novel that Esperanza feels very emotionally vulnerable regarding her family's financial status, which is mentioned and symbolized consistently throughout the novel. Because of her financial instability, she is sacrificing her self-preserving instinct through the display of integrity to those around her whenever it is mentioned or she is reminded that she can’t afford everything she …show more content…
It is undoubtedly due to the ultimate sacrifice of cynicism she forfeited in exchange for a chance at companionship and contentedness, which she failed at in almost every social circumstance. This is not because of her animosity or lack of enough wits to always entertain her friends, but simply her naivety and gullibility. It is important to note that this expression of total trust in her friends is a conscious action of Esperanza. Over and over again, she is faced with circumstances that cause her to lose trust in the friends she made throughout the novel. This sacrifice of cynicism shows that Esperanza values believing in an artificial or “fake” friend more so than she wants to be alone, even if she knows she will eventually get hurt just like the last
How would you feel when you grew to realize the street you were raised on wasn’t good for your wellbeing and that you needed to get away? Well, ‘The House on Mango Street, written by Sandra Cisneros is a story about Esperanza’s childhood growing up in Chicago and how she develops as she gets older throughout the book. She realizes throughout the book that she didn’t belong on Mango Street. It takes whomever is reading it on an adventure through Esperanza’s point of view on her life. The book shows an overview of her childhood through several small short stories put together.
In Sandra Cisneros' "The House on Mango Street," the concept that all kids have to grow up and lose their childhood innocence is conveyed through symbolic language. Cisneros provides an evocative and fascinating portrait of adolescence by employing figurative language such as metaphor, simile, and personification. The house on Mango Street is used as a metaphor numerous times throughout the novel, and it is one of the most powerful literary devices. The heroine, Esperanza, associates the house with her family's poverty and the restrictions this places on her.
She had to get a job because her parents couldn’t afford a good school, but her father said if you go to public school, you want to turn out bad. For example, “The Catholic high School cost a lot, and Papa said nobody went to public school unless you wanted to turn out bad.” (53) We can all assume that Esperanza is definitely not the type of girl that wants to turn out bad because she is willing to get a job to help her through school. Even if it was an easier job like when she said, “I thought I’d find an easy job, the kind other kids had, working in the dime store or maybe a hotdog stand.”
Change occurs everywhere, it is the time in life where a person finds themselves in either a difficult or good situation and learns to accept themselves. “The House on Mango Street,” written by Sandra Cisneros, is a novella based on the author’s life, a memoir. It all begins with a young girl named Esperanza Cordero, the protagonist, wishing to live in a house where she can call “my house,” or “home,” because she is ashamed of the house she is currently living in. Esperanza soon goes through many obstacles such as the death of a loved one, her desires, and rape, which all leads her to finally have a better understanding of her own sexuality. As Esperanza grows older, she gradually develops into a young, mature and responsible woman in society
She becomes insecure and embarrassed because of her family's lack of wealth. She attempts to hide her poverty as she hides her unappealing shoes at a party and lies about what house she lives in. This creates a sense of isolation and worthlessness as Esperanza thinks herself unwanted because of the way she grew up. This is not
She sees how the loss of someone you care about can make someone a shell of themselves first when her father lost his dad. “Está muerto, and then as if he just heard the news himself, crumples like a coat and cries, my brave Papa cries.” Her father, usually so composed and brave, is now weak and grieving because he lost somebody close to him. Esperanza does not want to ever lose someone close to her, especially her own Papa. Esperanza also loses someone close to her, someone who listened to her, her aunt Lupe.
We see Esperanza’s emotions change through each chapter towards her house and her life. Esperanza struggles to enjoy her life without comparison to those around her. Growing up in a poor household had Esperanza feeling all sorts of emotions
However, by the end of the story she ends up finding herself and her goals. Self-Respect is an important value that Cisneros is tries to impart to her readers because Esperanza always feels like she does not fit in, and she does not want to end up like the rest of her neighborhood. Esperanza learns that it is hard to fit in
Esperanza’s family doesn't have enough money to pay for private school so she has to get a job to get a better education so she can leave Mango Street. “I needed the money. The Catholic high school cost a lot, and Papa said nobody went to public school unless you wanted to turn out bad” (Cisneros 53). This shows that her Father wants Esperanza to get a good education but the Catholic high school is expensive but she knows that getting a good education is possibly her only way of ever leaving Mango Street.
Esperanza is often humiliated not only by where she lives, but also by her physical appearance, hence causing a restriction in her climb to a higher social class. Esperanza is frequently ashamed of her family’s broken-down house in an urban, poor
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.
When upstairs, she starts crying while having a conversation with the nun, saying “I always cry when the nuns yell at me, even if they’re not yelling.” This is yet another example of Esperanza’s shyness and social awkwardness. Lastly, after being told that she can eat at canteen for the day, she cries and eats her rice sandwich alone. Esperanza is also physically weak and malnourished.
The older women in the neighborhood, including Esperanza 's mother are very religious and believe that praying is the answer to all of their problems. But, other women in the neighborhood rely on other traditional taboo 's. Taboo 's that have been passed down from generation to generation. All the different stories that Mango provides, are seen through the eyes of Esperanza. So in some way, Esperanza represents all the women of Mango Street. And thought, the neighborhood did rob her of her innocence, it also provided her with the knowledge that makes her street smart.
The House on Mango Street is set in a poor, primarily Hispanic neighborhood. Author Sandra Cisneros creates an atypical, yet easily digestible world for the reader to experience while learning about Esperanza’s childhood. The culture of her environment influences Esperanza’s development as she becomes a young woman, and contributes to the book’s driving theme of self-empowerment. Mango Street is the source of Esperanza’s growth through her childhood, and it hides sadness and longing underneath stereotypes of Hispanic people. The characters that live in the broken-down neighborhood all seem to represent pigeonholed views of Latino individuals.