When Esperanza considered the homes on Mango Street, they represented the feeling of a prison that traps the family, but especially the women, and leaves them with little hope. Esperanza dreamt of an extravagant home all to herself and this meant freedom, independence; she felt it was her destiny for her writing. Unfortunately, the home on Mango Street symbolized to Esperanza poverty and shame which overtime became embarrassment. Ashamed of her home, she wishes not to even mention where she lives even telling people she lived somewhere else. Somehow by denying where she lives, Esperanza feels she erases that she lived there.
Esperanza’s identity and Her Thoughts on Growing Up. The House on Mango Street written by Sandra Cisneros. Sandra Cisneros tells a story about a girl named Esperanza, who is living her life on Mango Street, and the difficulties she faces about growing up and finding out who she is. In the beginning, Esperanza is not completely ready to grow up. She does not believe her name fits her, or the outcome of her destiny.
Some are actively trying to change things on their own. Through these women and Esperanza’s reactions to them, Cisneros’ shows not only the hardships women face, but also explores their lack of power to overcome them. Very early on in The House on Mango Street Esperanza encounters multiple women who are living in abusive relationships or are stuck raising and providing for children on their own. One example of these women is Rosa Vargas. She is a mother to one too many children, who often misbehave: “…how can they help it with only one mother who is tired all the time from buttoning and bottling and babying, and who cries every day
A house is not a home. A home is somewhere your heart feels content, a place where you feel safe. In fact, a wise person once said, “Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.” This particular theme of home appears several times during Sandra Cisneros’ novella The House on Mango Street. Cisneros uses indirect characterization to show that the main character, Esperanza, feels discontent with her house, and feels as if it is not really her home, because deep in her heart, deep in her mind, she feels that her home is somewhere else, and she feels lost. The first example of this theme being shown through indirect characterization is, in fact, in the fourth paragraph of the first page.
Esperanza said, "The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don’t have to pay rent to anybody." (3) This quote shows that Esperanza and her family are proud to own a house of their own, but the reality of her situation is that she is still very poor and the house is not expensive to own. Towards the end of the book, Esperanza says, "Not a flat. Not an apartment in back. Not a man's house.
She also states, “My brothers for example. They’ve got plenty to say to me and Nenny inside the house. But outside they can’t be seen talking to girls” (Cisneros 8). The house stands as a symbol of a safe haven – a place where Esperanza knows that as long as she is in it, nothing and no one can harm her. When she first moves into Mango Street, she immediately becomes conscious of the fact that her old environment, the place where she can move freely as a juvenile girl, is can no longer be accessed.
Esperanza is a girl who lives in a poor, Latino neighborhood in Chicago. She is a girl who struggles with finding herself in this neighborhood as well as in the world. She has two brothers and one sister. Esperanza, based on her actions, is a girl who is very innocent but she lets others influence her actions. She has always wanted to have a house of her own and she has a low self-esteem (House on Mango Street 47.)
The short story house on mango street contains portrays told by Esperanza, the main act in the novel. She tells stories about her surroundings, family and gives us an insight into her dreams and goals. Esperanza has to deal with a lot racism and poverty which is ruling in the community they are staying in. The illustrations of the story show different sides of Esperanza and how she uncovers different things and the kind of adjustment she went through during her stay in Mango street. The story starts when the family of Esperanza relocates to a new house located on Mango street.
A first person narrator tells the story of the event from the memory of a witness and third person narrator tells a story from an objective point of view of one who knows more about the characters than the characters themselves. First person is more vivid and third person is more reliable. The subjective point of view of the first person makes it easy for a writer to bring an event to life with a character’s feelings and thoughts.
After the extremely stressful experience of almost encountering her mother on the streets, the speaker returns to her home and begins to question the way that she's living. She recognizes that she's not living a happy life, saying that "[she'd] tried to make a home for myself here, tried to turn the apartment into the sort of place where the person [she] wanted to be would live." This statement is extremely profound because the speaker recognizes