It is this male dominance that deems women as second class citizens who do not need an education. In ‘Alicia who sees mice’, Alicia attends university , due to her mother dying she has ‘inherited her mother’s rolling pin and sleepiness’ although she has the opportunity to study , it is not as important as looking after her family. Esperanza’s mother is not as lucky , she is a typical women in Latin America. Her life revolves around her marriage, family and children. Due to being a woman , Esperanza’s mother was not able to complete her education , instead she was forced to stay at home and look after Esperanza and her siblings while her husband provided for them, she strongly resents this ‘“I could have been somebody, you know?
She questions “who knows it, when none can call our power to account?”(5.1.40-41). The fact that she is questioning whether people know what she has done shows that people probably do know. She blames Macbeth because he upset everything “with this starting”(5.1.47). She is being consumed by the guilt that her “hands ne’er be clean?”(5.1.45). The “smell of the blood” haunts her and nothing will “sweeten this little hand”(5.1.53-55).
Symbolism is the representation of an abstract concept through the use of a concrete object, and it is a way of bringing subtext to an otherwise one-dimensional story. Several symbols can be found in "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros, some of the most central being shoes, women looking out windows, and trees. It is through the use of these symbols that Cisneros creates a coming-of-age story, showing the different aspects of growing up as a young Latina girl. To begin with, shoes are a recurring symbol in “Mango Street”. In their first appearance in “The Family of Little Feet”, Esperanza and her friends try on high heels and "the men can't take their eyes off" them, implying that they are seen in a more mature light when they wear high heels.
Sheila has problems with her grammar/ syntax---speech pattern is erratic Ch 7 p. 155 5. Needs to be placed in higher grade but she is too small and fragile looking Ch 19 p. 285 6. Sheila does not like workbooks Ch 20 p. 307 7. Sheila does not like to be corrected Ch 20 p. 307 1. Neglected, has no social interaction at home, she felt abandoned Ch 3, p. 30 2.
From the very beginning irony is used. Jenifer Hicks brings out the point of irony when she quotes that Mrs. Mallard “would have no one follow her to her room”. Mrs. Mallard might have also meant that she would have no one interfere with how she lives her life again (Hicks). Another source of Irony is at the beginning when Mrs. Mallard’s sister thinks she is deeply saddened by Mr. Mallard’s death. “Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhole, imploring for admission.
Kingston originally learnt the tradition of talk story from her mother and she spends most of her time judging the dynamics of each female role in her family. Each story and thoughts that are told are being passed from one generation down to another throughout their family. Kingston learns throughout the novel how to come to terms with each of these stories and she creates memoirs in order to make herself feel better about
She takes the reader on a journey through her memories and childhood and uses her memory as a main tool. Memory and storytelling is an important aspect of Silent Dancing, because they helped to shape the author, told lessons to the reader, and explained a life tied between Puerto Rican and American.
There. I lived there” (Cisneros 5). Her response, synonymous to the shame commonly felt by many individuals affected by poverty, illustrates her humiliation by relating it to her house. Esperanza again demonstrates her unease with her house and neighborhood when she states, “I don’t belong. I don’t ever want to come from here” (Cisneros 106).
At first Esperanza believes her name expresses herself as a person, but she accepts it. Even though, Esperanza was ashamed of living on Mango Street that is the place she lived, and had many experiences. The vignettes that were described about Esperanza’s situation of identity and growing up is all a worry. In the end Esperanza’s writing will express her feeling from Mango Street, and she will come back to write about the house that she belongs but does not belong
Lucy despises this notion almost as much as she loathes her mother and struggles with it daily. One concept she finds very repulsive is the importance of a woman’s image. She is disgusted by Dinah’s obsession with beauty and comments that “among the beliefs I held about the world was that being beautiful should not matter to a woman, because it is one of those things that would go away” (Kincaid, 57). Later on she mentions that “for the first time ever [she] entertained the idea that [she] might be beautiful”, but declares that she will “not make too big a thing of it” (Kincaid, 132). Lucy’s rejection of society’s emphasis on appearance frees her from the insecurities that are brought upon by a self-image based on looks.
While reading the story, you can tell in the narrators’ tone that she feels rejected and excluded. She is not happy and I’m sure, just like her family, she wonders “why her?” She is rejected and never accepted for who she really is. She is different. She’s not like anyone else and she knows that. She had “yellow eyes, pink teeth, red fingernails, and dark hair on her arms and chest” (225).
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.
My feet scuffed and round, and the heels all crooked that look dumb with this dress, so I just sit.” (143-144) Esperanza is not happy about the shoes. However, she is even more upset about The House on Mango Street. Esperanza had dreams about having a real house but sadly, The House on Mango Street required her to keep dreaming. “I knew then I had to have a house .A real house. One I could point to.
Cynthia Lord has used character and style to create a novel of contemporary realistic fiction about a young girl struggling to accept the world she lives in. Lord uses dialogue to build a relationship between Catherine and Jason. It’s through these conversations that Lord is able to expose Catherine’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to living with David, developing new friendships and accepting the reality of her life. It’s these strengths and weaknesses that help the reader identify with her. Lord’s unique style also helps the reader get a peek into the lives of the characters.
I’d wanted to ask her. She had hated the house that much.” This shows that Dee didn’t care much for her heritage, because she seemed so thrilled that the house had burned down. The way she reacted to the house burning shows that she didn’t care for her mother or