In “The House on Mango Street” Sandra Cisneros implies that Esperanza's cultural and physical surroundings are what shapes her psychological and moral traits. Esperanza's great-grandmother is the first of many women in The House on Mango Street who spend their lives looking out the window and longing for escape. Esperanza resolves to not end up like her great-grandmother before she even meets the other trapped women on Mango Street: Mamacita, Sally, Minerva, and Rafaela. They sit by their windows and look down onto the street all day. The group makes up a kind of community, but these women cannot communicate, and each keeps to her place without much complaint, these women give Esperanza a vivid picture of what it is like to be trapped, hardening her resolve not to be like her great-grandmother.
In The House on Mango Street , Esperanza and her family move into a small, one bedroom house on Mango Street. Mango Street is in a poor, minority area of Chicago. In this neighborhood, men abuse their wives and daughters. Wives stay inside all day, looking out of the window and dreaming. Esperanza sees this abuse occur and vows that she will move away from Mango Street as soon as she can.
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.
The House on Mango Street, is a broad interpretation of a Hispanic girl’s life and her coming of age. Throughout the course of the book, Esperanza, the narrator and protagonist, is constantly fighting a war between her autonomous mind and her forever changing sexual body. You, Esperanza, whose name means hope in English, how did you lose your hope? Your innocence? Your purity?
Throughout The House on Mango Street, characters struggle to actualize their dreams of a meaningful life. Author Sandra Cisneros illustrates this theme through her inclusion of windows as a symbol for a longing of another life. In the novel The House on Mango Street, windows represent the book and it’s theme of struggling for satisfaction in life by acting both as a border to another life and a translucent gateway to the character’s hopes. Windows act as a border to the life the characters long for but are incapable of achieving. Esperanza tells her great-grandmother’s story in which she is whisked away from her previously eventful life only to “[look] out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow” because “she couldn’t be all the things she wanted to be” (Cisneros 11).
In the book The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros is raising awareness of the racism and domestic abuse in society. In the text Esperanza is entering womanhood, a time of self-discovery and maturity in her life. Growing up in a poor community, she throughout the book expresses how she feels when she is discriminated because of her race. She also comments on other characters being victims of domestic abuse. A way Sandra Cisneros is raising awareness of racism in society is by dismissing the stereotypes they are addressed.
In The House on Mango Street, written by Sandra Cisneros, the main character, Esperanza, begins a silent fight against gender roles. As a woman, she is expected to be quiet and polite. Esperanza, a passionate young girl, desires to be stronger than that. Esperanza is young, but she already sees what she is meant to be in life.
In The House on Mango Street it's describes the problems that latinos and/or women face in a society that thinks of them as lower ranking. They are faced with having to be second to men, and cared for what they look like. In the novel she shows us several ways that women are lower ranked. This makes the most apparent theme, in my opinion, the inequality of women.
In the novella, The House on Mango Street, the author depicted the challenges of society that Latino women face as second class citizens. In a society that is ruled by men, and that valued women for what their appearance, and not for who they were. Esperanza was a young girl that experienced adolescence not only longing for a place to fit in but also wanted to feel attractive. This became problematical as Esperanza gained more knowledge about sex. Throughout the novella, Cisneros debated the significance of attractiveness and how Esperanza dealt with beauty as part of her character.
Esperanza lives in an era where men and women live very different lives due to gender inequality. Esperanza lives in a world where her eyes see male domination, and very feeble women. her eyes see that men can be embarrassed when seen weak, and women just do not belong well in this type of society. The House on Mango Street tells us the story about a young girl named Esperanza. Esperanza has two brothers, Carlos and Kiki, while also having one younger sister, Nenny.