The House On Mango Street Trees Analysis

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The selected symbol of trees and the quotes related to it are relevant in the entirety of The House on Mango Street since Esperanza repeatedly shows her respect and admiration of trees throughout the book. In “Meme Ortiz”, she mentions how in Meme’s backyard a towering tree is the most memorable sight there. She mentions how the tree has very big branches, the many squirrels living on it, and how it has bloomed even more than the trees in front of her house. Esperanza states how Meme’s tree most likely started as elms and have become this mighty tree, making Esperanza believe she will be like those elms and flourish in her own growth. 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. Alicia instead tries to be independent by taking many forms of public transits to get an education and leave
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Trees all start out on their own when first brought upon the world. They use their strong roots to help obtain their needs in growing and become mighty sights. They accomplish this without help from anyone and control themselves. Trees have that self-reliant aspect many women had wanted on Mango Street due to their resilience to things. Esperanza had been able to connect with the trees since she has a want to grow oppressed by any opposing forces just like they have their entire life. Therefore, trees are used to teach the theme of autonomy through personal growth and challenging
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