Not an attractive girl, Esperanza never receives the attention from men that some of her friends receive. In lyrical language, a young girl discusses growing up in a poor, Latino neighborhood. Lucky the generation who grew up with Esperanza and The House on Mango Street. She tells about a neighbor Marin, who is a young mother trying to raise her children. Finally, she decides that what she really wants is to be independent, and to have her own place to write. She dreams of dancing, and throws money down to the street so that the kids will buy her exotic juices, like coconut and papaya. The older kids on Mango Street open Esperanza's eyes to the hardships faced by young people in rough neighborhoods.
She's very independent and a nonconformist. Even so, Minerva is not only married to an abusive husband who keeps leaving her, but already has two kids with him, too. She keeps it a secret, telling only Esperanza, and maintaining in public that she is just very clumsy. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. Another one of her friends, Alicia, never explicitly says how her father abuses her, but does state that she is afraid of him. Esperanza is pulled back into immaturity, however, when she begins work at her first job, at a photo finishing store.
She asked as if she was telling me. Esperanza's friend Sally eventually ends up trapped in a marriage with a man who won't allow her to talk on the phone or meet her friends, much less leave the house. She points out that even her own friends and neighbors, who are likely to be feared by non-Hispanic people, are afraid themselves when they leave the neighborhood. Alicia, despite her father's macho views, attends a university and studies all night so she can one day be more than her father's housekeeper. Her writing and story-telling lets her escape Mango Street emotionally, but it will also let her escape physically later through education and financial independence. Writing is part of her identity, something she searches for throughout the book. This tree has flourished even more than the trees in her front yard have, again without anybody doing much to help it.
Esperanza realizes that the older women in her neighborhood have sought the company of men to get them away from their abusive fathers, though the men they find are often abusive, as well. The novel begins when the Cordero family move into a new house, the first they have ever owned, on Mango Street in the Latino section of Chicago. They remind her, however, that she should not turn her back on Mango Street. She starts to develop a healthy curiosity about sex, but at the same time wants to preserve her independence from men. After the dance, he gets hit by a car and killed. Is it a collection of short stories? After fleeing, the girls quickly take off the shoes with the intention of never wearing them again.
Poetry The House on Mango Street contains many small poems and references to poems, which emphasize the importance of language to Esperanza and her neighbors. She also follows the lives of many of the neighbors who live around her. B Setting The House on Mango Street is set in a Latino neighborhood in Chicago. Out front there are twenty-one steps, all lopsided and jutting like crooked teeth. .
The reader, on the other hand, sees right away that a grown woman who depends greatly on her mother and spends much of her time playing with children is, in some way, maladjusted. We think we can interpret the book using the traditional plot analysis that we use to look at novels. Meanwhile, during the beginning of the following school year, Esperanza befriends Sally, a girl her age who is more sexually mature than Lucy or Rachel. By the end of the book, Esperanza is still in the same house, but she has matured and is confident that she is too strong to be trapped there forever. We never hear some of the poems, such as those Esperanza recites to Ruthie, or those Minerva writes. She leans toward several different options, identifying herself with the boisterous Lucy and Rachel, the intelligent and demure Alicia, and the sultry, rebellious Sally. The girls are on the brink of puberty and sometimes find themselves sexually vulnerable, such as when they walk around their neighborhood in high-heeled shoes or when Esperanza is kissed by an older man at her first job.
Marin dates a man named Geraldo who winds up dead the same night. She simply holds him as he cries, thinking of how much she values him. The House on Mango Street is the coming of age story of Esperanza Cordero, a preadolescent Mexican American girl Chicana living in the contemporary United States. It was as if she could read my mind, as if she knew what I had wished for, and I felt ashamed for having made such a selfish wish. Indeed, in the closing pages Esperanza admits that she cannot escape Mango Street; that what friends like Alicia were telling her was true: Esperanza cannot cut ties with Mango Street. A marked departure from the traditional novel form, The House on Mango Street is a slim book consisting of forty-four vignettes, or literary sketches, narrated by Esperanza and ranging in length from two paragraphs to four pages. Although Mamacita is somewhat ridiculous, with her enormous body and tiny pink shoes, she is also tragic.
Her search is not over--she has not left her neighborhood yet--but she now has the tools to realize her dreams. She admits, however, that the same fear and ignorance exists in her own community. However, the house is not what Esperanza has dreamed of, because it is run-down and small. This is how we'd film the movie. The tragedy which hits Esperanza the hardest though, is that of Sally.
There is Mamacita, who does not leave her apartment because she is afraid of the English language, and Rafaela, whose husband keeps her locked up because she is beautiful. For the ones who cannot leave as easily as you. Sometimes funny, and often deeply profound, The House on Mango Street is a story about growing up, finding out where you come from, where you belong, and who you want to be. The novella The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros features a series of short chapters told from the first-person point of view of Esperanza, a young teenage girl. She has beautiful green eyes and big dreams, is always singing mysterious songs, and has many secrets: her cigarettes, her boyfriend, and all the little things she knows about sex and dating. But he is smart and ambitious, taking two trains and a bus to study at a University.