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. It provided her with the will to want to strive for a better future. A future that she can be proud of. In the end, Esperanza is young and has hopes of one day leaving the house on Mango St. She has hopes of changing the same narrative that to many Chicanas fall victim 's too.
They assume that she does not leave the house because of that. The reality according to Esperanza is that she does not leave the house because she misses Mexico and does not know English. Mamacita misses a home, yet is constantly arguing with her husband because she is home. She struggles with accepting her home and does not realize that her home is where she is. Even though she misses Mexico and does not know English, she can still leave her house.
… They do not know I have gone away to come back… For the ones who cannot" The House on Mango Street 109- 110).E. does not want to be only defined by mango Street but wants to be known as a writer that came from M.S.. She is confident about her future and what she wants to be and will not let anything restrict her from her dreams. The sisters help her realize the importance of her roots. This makes her want to come back and help those who are not able to leave. At the end of the novel E. accepts M.S.
She remembers what she used to do with her mom after school and now that she's gone everything has changed with her dad now. This suggests that her dad is a single parent and he doesn't understand change. In contrast, in Tortilla’s Sun in paragraph 18 it states that the daughter has to move to New Mexico for the summer while the mom finishes school. In paragraph 46 she gets upset and storms to her room and she gets her dads baseball and this means that she misses him and needs him. In the story the Confetti Girl the main point
However the expected love from a grandmother is not given to Ellen in this novel, instead it turns into an abuse of power that later turns into “racism (the unequal power relation that grow[s] from the sociopolitical domination of one race by another and that result[s] in systematic discriminatory practices)” (Tyson 360). Her “mama’s mama” placed Ellen in the cotton field to work alongside the rest of the “nigger[s]” as to pay back some unknown debt (Gibbons 61,63). After a hard days work Ellen would walk back to her grandmother’s home and eat dinner alone. The regular salary given to “the colored workers” was not given to Ellen, in fact no salary at all was given to Ellen except the “room and board” her grandmother provided (Gibbons 66,67). This was placed in order to establish a dominance over Ellen as her owner, guardian, and as a member of the predominant white race.
Esperanza’s identity as an independent hispanic girl is shaped by her experiences in sexual assault because it presents her with the dangers many minorities face. Throughout the story, Esperanza is sexually abused several times. In the vignette, “The Family of Little Feet,” Esperanza and her friends wear fancy shoes to feel like adult women. While fun at first,
If Lyddie did work at the factory she would have no place and could possibly be living on the street. In a particular situation Learns that if she signs the petition she could get dismissed. “ Should you sign the petition Betsy they’ll dismiss you” (page 91 ). Lyddie could get fired if she signs the petition which means she would have to leave the corporation and as said before Lyddie would have nowhere to go. Not only would Lyddie have no shelter, but now she has the responsibility of caring for her little sister who unexpectedly came to stay with her.
This also connects to the idea of foreshadowing as this idea is followed throughout the story. 2. “‘Mom frowned at me. 'You'd be destroying what makes it special' she said, 'It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty'”. (Walls 38) In this conversation between young Jeannette and her mother when the innocent Jeannette a proposed an idea to straighten a wind-twisted Joshua tree by planting it near their house so she could protect it from the wind and care for it like a mother.
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?
At one point in her life, she was sold to a mistress to become inside help instead of helping out in the fields like the rest of her family. Rit, her mother, was ecstatic that she was being chosen to go inside. That meant that she might not have to work outside ever again and would not receive such abusive beatings all the time (12). Slaves working inside were not treated as poorly as those outside. Courageously, Tubman started a new adventure in her life without the comfort of her