Themes In The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros

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In the Vignett The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros the main theme was that no matter what trials life throws at a person, one can always prevail in the end by sticking to who they truly are.. From the beginning of the novel, the main character, Esperanza, is eager to belong, whether that is to a group of people or in the beginning a house. When her parents do get a house it’s not what Esperanza had imagined it to be, it did not fit what she thought a dream house would be like. Her desire to get out of Mango Street and become someone is her ultimate driving force in this book. Going through several events like rape, sexual assault and even witnessing abusive behavior towards women in her neighborhood all of these things encourages her to do better for herself. Esperanza’s childhood has been one with loneliness and sexual exploitation. The constant struggle of trying to find her identity and it is evident within the first few chapters of the book. When the reader opens up the book the very first thing that she wants to change about herself is her name. “In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It…show more content…
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
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