Who Is Esperanza's Identity In The House On Mango Street

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The novella The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is about how a young hispanic girl discovers her identity. Esperanza’s family moves to a poor, predominantly hispanic town in Chicago. As she adjusts to her new neighborhood, she learns from her neighbors and from her own experiences in this new town. In particular, her traumatizing experiences with sexual assault have impacted her. Esperanza’s identity as an independent hispanic girl is shaped by her experiences in sexual assault because it presents her with the dangers many minorities face. Throughout the story, Esperanza is sexually abused several times. In the vignette, “The Family of Little Feet,” Esperanza and her friends wear fancy shoes to feel like adult women. While fun at first,
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