The Role Of Esperanza's Life In The House On Mango Street

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The Setting of Esperanza’s Life
“We didn’t always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler it was Paulina, and before that I can’t remember. But what I remember most is moving a lot.” Esperanza is the main character of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The House on Mango Street contains many vignettes that contribute to the reader’s understanding of Esperanza’s life as she grows up in Chicago in the 1960’s. The settings of the vignettes, “The House on Mango Street,” “Gill’s Furniture Store Bought and Sold,” and “Those Who Don’t” all contribute to this understanding of Esperanza’s life. Firstly, the setting in the vignette “The House on Mango Street,” contributes to the reader’s understanding of Esperanza’s life. “It’s small and red with tight steps in front and windows so small you’d think they were holding their breath. Bricks are crumbling in places, and the front
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The vignette “The House on Mango Street” helps the reader obtain a better understanding of Esperanza’s house because it describes the broken down and small house she and her family lives in. In addition, the vignette “Gill’s Furniture Store Bought and Sold,” compares to Esperanza’s sometimes dark and confusing life. Lastly, the vignette “Those Who Don’t” gives the reader a better understanding of Esperanza’s life and how strangers judge the people around her. Esperanza’s street is intimidating and scary to strangers and passersby who do not know them. The houses are small and falling apart in places. “We didn’t always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on keeler. Before Keeler it was Paulina, but what I remember most is Mango Street, sad red house, the house I belong but do not belong
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