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
… 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.
Adeline Yen Mah has used different literary features and language choices to present the various aspects of her relationship with her family. Throughout this extract it becomes apparent that her family is very isolated and unconcerned with her. At the very beginning of the passage we glimpse evidence that Adeline is distant with her family. We learn that Adeline is attending boarding school and that she enjoys it, as the thought of leaving school ‘throbbed’ at the back of her mind. We can deduce from this that she likes being apart from her family when she has the opportunity, and when she finishes school she would have to stay with them.
Adichie 's one of the biggest point is showing the part of love that Ifemelu had. She was living a perfect life with Obinze, but she was not a woman that would lose the opportunity of studying in America. She knew that she is going to come back to him after years when they are going to meet again. She was missing Obinze at the beginning, but their relationship was really weird because sometimes they were messaging each other and still feeling feelings that they had, but sometimes there was no connection between those two people. While she was away from home she wanted to try something new.
The House on Mango Street creates an interesting point of view of tragic experiences involving Esperanza and her life. This story expresses interesting thoughts about Esperanza as a normal teenage girl. Esperanza wants to experience new things and she is trying to define herself. She thinks about many things and can't keep focused on what she wants. Like most teenagers, Esperanza is lost and makes stupid decisions sometimes.
Just as Esperanza expresses her distaste for her shabby new house in the vignette “House on Mango Street”, she also exhibits a strong desire for her own home, stating “I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to” (Cisneros 5). Esperanza’s dream of owning her own house, derived from her dissatisfaction with the impoverished nature of the house on Mango Street, illustrates that Esperanza’s dreams originate from her poverty. Similarly, Esperanza continues with this idea of owning her own house in the vignette “Bums in the Attic”, where after expressing resentment towards her family’s pitiful visits to a house they could never afford, Esperanza declares, “One day I’ll own my own house but I won’t forget who I am or where I came from” (Cisneros 87).
Marguerite has shut many people out, until she has a discussion with Mrs.Flowers who shows her that shutting people out is not how you handle situations you do not want or know how to deal with. Showing Marguerite “ The measure of what a human being can be.”(20) Through Marguerite’s lessons of living taught by Mrs.Flowers. During the story of “ Mrs.Flowers” Marguerite was asked to help Mr.Flowers’ carry Mrs.Flowers goods too her house, when they got to Mrs.Flowers home she wanted to have a chat with Marguerite. While talking Mrs.Flowers says to Marguerite”She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance, but understanding of illiteracy.’(23) This simple quote revels many different attributes about Mr.Flowers such as her wisdom and maturity. This being said, it takes wisdom to be able to help someone who has been through something in their life such as assault on this level of seriousness.
In her current neighborhood, she struggles with economic, cultural, and gender based barriers to personal growth, and she believes that changing her surroundings is her solution; however, she realizes that to discover her identity, her ultimate destination is a home in the heart. The house on Mango Street was one that was the opposite of what Esperanza had dreamt her entire life. The house is, “…small and red with tight steps in front and windows so small you 'd think they were holding their breath... bricks...crumbling in places, and the front door...so swollen you have to push hard to get in". (Cisneros 5) For Esperanza, her house isn’t just a house – it’s a reflection of her identity. Deep in her heart Esperanza longs for a house.
Lola takes advantage of her deteriorating mother whose illness represents the declining hold of the norms over Lola. Since her mom “will have trouble lifting her arms over her head for the rest of her life,” Lola is no longer afraid of the “hitting” and grabbing “by the throat” (415,419). As a child of a “Old World Dominican Mother” Lola must be surrounded by traditional values and beliefs that she does not want to claim, so “as soon as she became sick” Lola says, “I saw my chance and I’m not going to pretend or apologize; I saw my chance and I eventually took it” (416). When taking the opportunity to distinguish herself from the typical “Dominican daughter” or ‘Dominican slave,” she takes a cultural norm like long hair and decides to impulsively change it (416). Lola enjoyed the “feeling in [her] blood, the rattle” that she got when she told Karen to “cut my hair” (418).
By the end of the vignette Esperanza meets with one of her older friends Alicia, who is in college, where she states that she wishes to have a home and belong there just like Alicia does. Alicia the replies “Like it or not you are Mango Street…”(chapter 44) and tells her that she has to come back for the ones who are still here. In the end Esperanza is still set on leaving ,but has realized and taken in what Alicia had said and decided that even though she will leave Mango Street, because she is too strong for it and won’t let it break her. She intends on coming back to save the people from themselves as
Her grandmother believed that a huband should be wealthy and able to provide for the wife, but Janie believed there had to be a sense of mutual love between both partners in a relationship. It was at this point when she had started seeing Jody, for whom she had felt love. However, as the years went by, Jody had repeatedly suppressed Janie’s true self, although unknowingly. Due to this, Janie had bottled up her feelings of resentment despite Jody even lashing out at her on several occasions. She had kept those emotions pent up inside her not because she was scared of Jody but as a sign of strength to be able to persevere under such circumstances.
The wallpaper shows that Sadie does not feel like she belongs in Boort and feels that she is not at ‘home’. This is similar to how Sadie herself does not like the wallpaper and her room. When Sadie slowly gains information about her family history in Boort by travelling into the past, she slowly begins to accept herself as a member of the Boort community, by making friends, and connecting to the land. At the end, her room is painted by Ellie and David and becomes a light lilac colour. Sadie notes that the room feels bigger and lighter, and begins to like her newly painted room.
Her companion asked me who I am and I replied,” I’m Alana’s friend!” As soon as I replied to her friend Alana quickly uttered, “No, not really. She’s just my neighbor.” At that moment I realized what vexed me, she never called me a friend. I drifted apart from her and then stopped seeing her altogether. Eventually, she moved away. I never heard or seen her ever again, but I met better people since
She is a determined woman with so many attributes to look up to. She didn’t necessarily live a wealthy life, but she has lived a life spending time with her family and loved ones and sometimes that’s more fulfilling. She learned so many things to get to where she is today and to come of age. The one piece of advice she wants to leave with her grandchildren is to, “dream big, laugh often, and have a forgiving
Whether it be devices, automobiles, or even a home. In the story, “The House on Mango Street”, Sandra Cisneros examines a young girl who has to deal with her family living in poverty. The family is constantly moving and they finally have a home but it isn’t the one the family talks about. Throughout the story, there is a theme of the connection of a home and identity. The narrator identifies herself with her home and is ashamed of it.