House on mango street book report

House on mango street book report

What's the story? As the novel progresses, Esperanza starts to notice her budding sexuality. Cosby, Matt. Waken up, Esperanza realizes Sally willingly seeks men to escape her father, and never really cared about Esperanza the way Esperanza was faithfully loyal to her. Not me. There is no front yard, only four little elms the city planted by the curb. For the ones I left behind. Esperanza vows that she will not end up like the first Esperanza and so many women do- watching life pass by through the window.

For the ones who cannot out. They never knew about the two-room flats and sleeping rooms he rented, the weekly money orders sent home, the currency exchange.

Chicagoans often identify closely and deeply with their local community in a bond of geographic kinship.

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During the year, she moves with her family into a house on Mango Street. She knows she will find a house of her own. Puberty also provokes some feelings of shame for Esperanza, whose experience of adolescence is made even more painful than usual by two instances of sexual aggression — one in which an old man at work forces her to kiss him, and one in which some boys at a carnival rape her. Lucy and Rachel help Esperanza ponder the wonders of growing up by inventing rhymes about hips and parading around Mango Street in high-heeled shoes. Nobody to shake a stick at. Esperanza befriends a girl named Sally, who is beautiful and more sexually mature than the other girls, but has an abusive father. Esperanza longs to own her own home, a spacious place where she could let other people stay with her. Some of Esperanza's friends also suffer significant hardship: Alicia, whose mother is dead, is forced by her father to rise early every morning to make tortillas for her family; Sally, a beautiful girl at school, endures regular beatings by her father; Minerva, a teenaged mother of two, is constantly being abandoned or beaten by her husband. She moves to the house on Mango Street in Chicago with her family, but she doesn't like it. Although the novel does not follow a traditional chronological pattern, a story emerges, nevertheless, of Esperanza's self-empowerment and will to overcome obstacles of poverty, gender, and race. Esperanza lives in a community that is made up of newly arrived immigrants from Mexico and first-generation Americans, but also includes black and white people from such places as Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. And when she does leave, Esperanza vows to return for those who are not strong enough to escape on their own. It has influenced her dreams and personality and she has learned valuable life lessons from its inhabitants. It's a small, crumbling red house in a poor urban neighborhood — not at all what Esperanza had been hoping for when her parents promised to move the family to a house. The ones he left behind are far away, will wonder, shrug, remember Geraldo — he went north…we never heard from him again.

Her first friend, Cathy, is a short-lived friendship because Cathy's father soon moves the family away because the neighborhood is getting bad, or in other words becoming more inhabited by lower-class Latinos like Esperanza's family.

Mango Avenue would be in the southwest suburb of Stickney. I want to be all new and shiny.

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Discouraged and degraded, Esperanza goes through life labeling herself as being uglier than everyone else; the only way she can make a friend is by giving two girls called Rachel and Lucy, five dollars to buy a new bike.

Y oung and still traumatized, Esperanza realizes that whether she likes it or not, Mango street is always going to be her home, and she learns about the true, horrid experience that women have to go through. To break free from her name connotations, she longs to rename herself "Zeze the X," a choice she finds more reflective of her true self.

Esperanza describes Sally, a girl from school, whose father physically abuses her, so she ends up marrying an older man and moving away.

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Not the mayor. 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. Esperanza goes through puberty and matures sexually during the book, beginning with an adventure walking around in high-heeled shoes with the other neighborhood girls.

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Esperanza's mother encourages her not to let men hold her back, and not to "lay her [her neck] on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain" of marriage And Marin, an older girl she knows from Puerto Rico, is already moving out into the city as something of a trailblazer for her younger friend. Some of Esperanza's friends also suffer significant hardship: Alicia, whose mother is dead, is forced by her father to rise early every morning to make tortillas for her family; Sally, a beautiful girl at school, endures regular beatings by her father; Minerva, a teenaged mother of two, is constantly being abandoned or beaten by her husband. Families can talk about the writing style here. You know the kind. In these short, poetic installments, Sandra Cisneros captures the sadness and desperation Esperanza sees among her neighbors, especially the women. They never knew about the two-room flats and sleeping rooms he rented, the weekly money orders sent home, the currency exchange.
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Book review: “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros