The Monkey Garden In The House On Mango Street

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Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the East; in Eden…” (Genesis 2:8). The Garden of Eden incorporates into the biblical story of God’s creation of the Earth and fall to sin by Adam and Eve. The Garden, which Bible scholars believe is located in the Middle East, draws connections with the short story The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The Monkey Garden in The House On Mango Street connects parallels and bases its roots within the biblical Garden of Eden due to the interpretation of the monkey and the Monkey Garden in addition to the significance of the actions acted towards the children.

The Monkey Garden and the role of the monkey show similarities with the Garden of Eden. In The House On Mango Street, the monkey
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“The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” (Genesis 1:12). The Monkey Garden has a direct comparison because of the ability to sustain plants life like “sunflowers”, “cockscombs” ,and “peach trees.” Not only this, the Bible proclaims God’s creation of animals. The chapter of Genesis professes that God “...let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky” (1:20) in conjunction with Sandra Cisnero inserting “dizzy bees” into her story. Another example includes the appearance of the Garden of Eden after the temptation of Eve by the serpent. According to the book of Genesis, when Adam and Eve committed original sin, they lived lives with pain and sorrow. “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field” Genesis (3:17-18). In comparison, the Monkey Garden changed in nature of the monkey moved to Kentucky. The evil of the green cage opened, and original sin released itself into the world. “Flowers stopped obeying the little bricks that kept them from growing beyond their paths. Weeds mixed in. Dead cars appeared overnight like mushrooms.” Chaos and evil overpowered the garden similarly like the world after the first sin was completed. The
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